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Dr. Bhubaneswar Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) was set up by a voluntary organization called 'Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Society Trust'. Dr. Bhubaneswar Borooah (4th September 1893 - 25th September 1956) was a great physician, freedom fighter and philanthropist of Assam. In 1958 at a public meeting in Guwahati, a decision was taken to set up a cancer hospital at Guwahati to commemorate the memory of Dr. Bhubaneswar Borooah. Late Debendra Nath Sarma was the Founder President and Late Dr. Kanak Chandra Borooah, illustrious brother of Dr. Bhubaneswar Borooah was the Founder Secretary. Late Bimala Prasad Chaliha, Mahendra Mohan Choudhury, Bishnuram Medhi, Dr. Ghanashyam Das, Dr Birendra Nath Choudhury and many others worked relentlessly for the development of the Institute since its inception.
The Institute was formally inaugurated on 18th November 1973 and became operational from 1974. The Institute was recognized as Regional Cancer Centre by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India in the year 1980. On 6th of August, 1986 the Institute was handed over to the Government of Assam by the B Borooah Cancer Society Trust retaining its autonomy. The First Tripartite Agreement for revitalization of the Institute involving the North Eastern Council, Government of Assam and the Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India became operational from November 1989. This tripartite arrangement for funding and management of the Institute continued till 2017. On the request of the then Chief Minister of Assam Shri Tarun Gogoi and the present Chief Minister of Assam Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, the Cabinet Committee on Security under the Chairmanship of the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi on 7th of June 2017 approved taking over of Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati by Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India as Grant-in-Aid Institute and as a unit of Tata Memorial Centre (Mumbai). The Institute was formally taken over by Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India on 27th November 2017 as a unit of Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai.
The Institute is located at Gopinath Nagar, Guwahati, Assam in a plot of land covering an area of 14.2 acres (43 bighas). About 12,000 new and 80,000 old cancer patients visit the Institute every year. It is a 230-bedded Hospital at present. There are 100 bedded (general) and one 27 bedded executive guest houses for patients & relatives inside the hospital premises. The Institute also has residential campus for the employees. The Institute has started private OPD from 1st January 2017.
A DBT Centre for Molecular Biology and Cancer Research was started in February 2010. The Institute has Population and Hospital Based Cancer Registry under National Cancer Registry Programme of Indian Council of Medical Research. It is involved in many research projects at present.
The Institute conducts MD in Radiotherapy, M.Ch in Surgical Oncology, DM in Medical Oncology, 2 Years Post Graduate Fellowship Programme in Head & Neck Oncology, Gynaecologic Oncology, Surgical Oncology, Medical Oncology and Onco-Pathology in collaboration with Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Ph.D, M.Sc in Radiological Physics and many other paramedical courses are conducted by BBCI which are affiliated to Srimanta Sankardeva University of Health Sciences, Assam and Gauhati University.
For clinical, academic and research collaboration, Dr. B. Borooah Cancer Institute has signed memorandum of understanding with the Dutch School of Gynaecologic Oncology and Pelvic Surgery, Netherlands, Manitoba University, Canada, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Indo-American Cancer Institute, Hyderabad, Institute of Advance Study in Science & Technology, Assam Down Town University. The Institute has more than 200 research publications in national and international journals. The Institute has residential accommodation for employees and hostel for post graduate students. It also has a digital library.
The Department of Radiotherapy has 4 linear accelerators with IMRT, IGRT, VMAT, 6FFF, SRS/SRT, 1 conventional and 1 CT Simulator, 1 HDR Brachytherapy and 3 Computerised Treatment Planning Systems. The Department of Radio-diagnosis has one 64 slice CT Scan, 1.5 Tesla MRI, mammography, Digital X-ray, C-Arm X-ray, Computerised Radiography System, PACS, 2 high-end ultrasound and 1 RFA. The Department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging has 1 dual head Spect Gamma Camera machine and 3-bedded high-dose radio-isotope therapy ward. The Institute has well equipped Pathology laboratory with facilities for frozen section, immunohistochemistry, immune diagnostic system and blood bank with component separation. The Surgical Oncology Department is well equipped with 5 modern operation theatres with laser surgery, operative micro surgery, CUSA and other facilities. There is a 26 bedded day care chemotherapy ward in addition to indoor beds. The Institute is soon going to acquire a PET-CT facility.
The Institute has a Palliative Medicine and Preventive Oncology department. Various recreational programmes like sight-seeing, musical & cultural programmes, meditation and yoga are regularly conducted by BBCI. Home Care service for terminally ill cancers in the city of Guwahati was introduced in the year 2017. All the OPD patients are provided free lunch under ANNAKUT scheme. There are provision for free treatment to poor cancer patients under various schemes of Govt. of Assam and Govt. of India.
The Institute in collaboration with St. Jude’s India is going to start a home for paediatric cancer patients from November 2018. M.Sc in Cancer Biology and one year Diploma in Oncology Nursing will be started from the Academic Session 2018. A new pharmacy with highly subsidised medicine will be started soon.