The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Vibhushan Award to Dr. V. Shanta, at a Civil Investiture Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on April 12, 2016.

When the sick approach the gates of the Institute, weak in body and spirit, and full of fear, there is only one response, you have to become part of them.

We regret to inform that Dr. Shanta passed away on January 19, 2021 at 3:55 am IST in Chennai, India. She was 94 years old.

Dr. V. Shanta has been associated with Cancer Institute, Adyar since 1955 and has held several key positions including as its Director between 1980 and 1997. She is a member of the World Health Organization's advisory committee. She received Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2005 for her tireless service to the study and treatment of cancer. She has also been conferred with Padma Bhushan by the Government of India as a recognition for her dedication and achievement.

Under her guidance Cancer Institute launched a project to create a registry, even for rural areas. The focus of the project is cancer prevention because prevention is cure, she says. “We have seen a revolution in cancer care. But, significant advances in medicine have increased medicare cost, making quality care difficult. Oncology care is neither accessible nor equitable,” she says. Her concern is that non-specialists treat cancer without consultation with oncologists now. She says treating children with cancer makes her happy as they would grow up and lead a normal life. Her only hope is to make medicare “affordable, accessible and equitable.”

Find out more information about Dr. Shanta in Wikipedia.