An 80-bed cancer facility, perhaps the first such conceptualised and managed by professionals, has opened at the KJ Somaiya Medical College campus in Chunabhatti.
Its founders say people of all classes will be treated at the centre that will focus particularly on the city's eastern suburbs.
The Asian Institute of Oncology, which occupies an area of 35,000 sq ft, was planned by a group of five former surgeons of Tata Memorial Hospital.
"The centre is equipped to undertake about 250 cancer surgeries and chemotherapy for 1,000 patients monthly. The outpatient departments can handle about 400 patients," said Dr Ramakant Deshpande, thoracic oncosurgeon and co-founder of the new centre.
Dr Jagadish Kulkarni, uro-gynaec oncosurgeon, Dr Deepak Parikh, head and neck oncosurgeon, Dr R Gopal and Dr Suresh Advani, both medical oncosurgeons, are the other four founders.
They will also undertake clinical research and the training of doctors. The plan is to expand the capacity of the centre to 200 beds in three years, that will function from a separate building on the campus.
Among the 51 clinicians and surgeons on the panel are names from such reputed institutions like Breach Candy, Lilavati, SL Raheja, Tata Memorial and Bombay Hospitals.
More than one lakh cases of cancer are reported annually in Maharashtra, but Tata Memorial Hospital has a capacity to treat about 30,000 patients.
"The majority of patients seek treatment at fragmented set-ups where they have to spend through their nose. At Asian Institute of Oncology we are looking to reduce the costs for treatment by up to 50 per cent and accommodate about 10,000 patients," said Dr Parikh.