The Binaytara Foundation Cancer Center (BTFCC), is a cancer hospital located in Janakpurdham, Nepal that provides cancer prevention, early detection, cancer treatment, cancer surgery, radiology services, and palliative care services at its 25-bed hospital. Janakpurdham is a city in Nepal’s province 2. The province is the most populous of all 7 provinces in Nepal; however, it didn’t have any cancer center until the BTFCC opened its door in the first week of December 2018. As the first and only cancer center in this region, the BTFCC is expected to serve nearly 20,000 patients annually from southeast Nepal as well as from nearby Indian state of Bihar.
The Binaytara Foundation Cancer Center is staffed by highly qualified physicians, nurses, and other staff who are supported by experts in the USA, India, and Nepal via weekly tumor boards and video-conferencing to help manage patient health issues utilizing the latest evidence. BTFCC is perhaps the only healthcare center in Nepal to have all-electronic patient scheduling and health record system. BTFCC features state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, ultrasound, and other machinery to provide high-quality care to our patients.
The establishment of BTFCC comes at a time when Nepal and the rest of South Asia is experiencing a surging burden of noncommunicable diseases such as cancer. Being a developing country, oncology in Nepal is currently in its infancy. With little access to care, mortality rates due to cancer in the area are disproportionately higher than in developed countries. The Cancer Index lists Nepal’s cancer incidence as 141.6 per 100,000 population with a high mortality rate. We know cancer incidence is likely much higher, due to the country’s poor reporting tools and significant lack of infrastructure.
The Binaytara Foundation Cancer Center will be a step toward changing the culture of healthcare in Nepal. Along with providing cancer care services, it’ll also serve as a hub for research and education.
To provide cutting-edge cancer care to our patients by incorporating research, technology, and compassion into evidence-based preventive, curative, and palliative treatment that improves the quality of life of our patients and their families. We will foster a culture of care where all patients are treated with respect and dignity regardless of who they are.
The BTFCC will be the leader in cancer care in South Asia by pioneering cancer research, cancer education, and advocacy for our patients.