About Us

“As the leading tertiary hospital for cancer treatment in Sri Lanka, we pride ourselves in offering high quality cancer care through our dedicated team of healthcare professionals”

The National Cancer Institute provides specialized care for the diagnosis and follow up treatment of cancer. Using a full range of modern diagnostic facilities for the accurate diagnosis of all types of cancers. Treatments are provided by leading expert Consultants and extend across the major disciplines of surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Hospital staff, postgraduates and medical students are trained through the research and training facilities, thereby supporting the continuity of our services for future generations.

Our Vision

Our vision is to reduce the burden of cancer in Sri Lanka by integrating key national and international health development agendas, and providing free access to high quality resources for cancer prevention, early detection, cancer treatment and care.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide evidence-based medical treatment and create a supportive, welcoming environment for patients; and provide research education and training opportunities for students and staff.

Our History

  • The National Cancer Institute of Sri Lanka was founded in 1956. Originally set up as a ten-ward radiotherapy centre for cancer patients, the hospital has since expanded dramatically to support the increasing number of cancer patients from across the island.
  • In the year 2009 alone, a total number of 40,500 patients were admitted to the hospital.
  • In 2012, the hospital began major re-developments through the “Razavi Project” – sponsored by international tea company Ahmad Tea, in partnership with the Ministry of Health.
  • In 2014 The “Quality Secretariat” was established at the hospital, in order to work towards improving the quality of care delivery at the National Cancer Institute in the long-term.
  • In 2015, a new 7-story medical complex will be opened at the hospital, offering state-of-the-art facilities, and catering for every group of patients.