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Malabar Cancer Centre, Thalassery (MCC) is an autonomous institution under Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Kerala, started with an aim to establish a comprehensive cancer centre, providing the much-required oncology care to the population of Northern region of Kerala and neighbouring parts of Karnataka and Tamilnadu states. The main objective of the centre is not only to provide comprehensive cancer care but also to develop as a Research and Training Centre of international standards. A society named Malabar Cancer Centre Society was registered under Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 with the above aims and clinical work in MCC started from March 2001 onwards. At present MCC has around 110 in-patient bed strength which is expected to be increased to 220 in near future. The control and management of the Society are vested in the Governing Body consisting of 23 members with the Honarable Chief Minister of Kerala as the Chairman. The routine activities and functions of the Centre are supervised by the Executive Committee, with the Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Kerala being the Chairperson of the Committee. The members in the Governing Body and Executive Committee are functioning by virtue of their official positions.

MCC is providing a full spectrum of oncological care as an Autonomous not-for-profit institution funded by the State Government and other sources.  Patients are categorized according to their economic status, and accordingly it is expected that 20% of patients will be provided free services and about 60% on concessional rates.  It has been undertaken that no patients will be denied treatment for financial reasons. During the last fifteen years period, a total of 26,781 new cancer patients had registered for various modalities of cancer treatment and about 3,91,893 patient visits made during this period. The main modalities of treatment offered by MCC to patients, presently, include radiotherapy, chemotherapy, onco-surgery and palliative care.  The Centre also carries out Community Oncology activities including cancer awareness and early detection programmes.  With affiliation to Kannur University MCC has started BSc.MRT course from 2011-12 onwards.

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