The Gujarat Cancer Society w1961 under the patronage of the Hon'ble Governor of Gujarat, Shri Mehdi Navab Jung. It all started with an initial donation of Rs. 5000 by the Inner Wheel Club (Ladies' wing of the Rotary club). This club collected money through a fund-raising Fashion Show. The founders of the Society visualised a need for developing modern facilities for poor cancer patients of the newly formed State of Gujarat. The M. P. Shah Trust of London donated £ 55000 and the dream of creating a cancer hospital was realised. With the constant support of the Government of Gujarat, help from the Government of India and whole-hearted financial support from philanthropists of Gujarat, the M. P. Shah Cancer Hospital was commissioned in the year 1965. The Government of India granted a 125% tax exemption on all donations to the Gujarat Cancer Society. This tax exemption has helped rapid development of the M. P. Shah Cancer Hospital. For sustaining growth and development of the Cancer Hospital, the Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute was formed as an autonomous body in the year 1972 as per an agreement between the Government of Gujarat and the Gujarat Cancer Society. The Gujarat Cancer Society became an active member along with the state authorities in spearheading cancer care activity in the State of Gujarat.
First Meeting of Gujarat Cancer Society
Main activity of Gujarat Cancer Society is to run Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute in collaboration with Government of Gujarat. GCRI is Gujarat Cancer & Research Institute (GCRI) is a functionally autonomous body was created as a joint venture of Government of Gujarat and Gujarat Cancer Society in the year 1972. The main objectives of GCRI are prevention, early detection, diagnosis and treatment, and associated research activities. At present GCRI is a Regional Cancer Centre and one the prime Cancer Institutes of the country.