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Cancer Institute Expansion in Progress

Cancer Institute Expansion in Progress
November 19, 2016

Construction of a new state of the art Operation Theater is in progress in Cancer Institute, Adyar, Chennai. Once completed it will help in a big way and reduce the wait time of the patients. Construction is expected to be completed in March/April 2017 and become operational in June/July 2017.

A new Walk-in Chemo Therapy Center is also in the works. It will help serve large number of patients who can get chemo therapy and go home in about 2 hours. Chemo therapy center is expected to be ready in February/March 2017.

These two projects are a huge milestone in the history of CIF. We thank all the volunteers, donors, sponsors, partner organizations and well wishers for your continued support of CIF. We are proud to share these pictures with you.

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A Woman Pioneer

A Woman Pioneer
August 9, 2016

Kamala Ganesh a sociologist based in Mumbai has written an article about Dr. Shanta and Cancer Institute in The Wire based on her article ‘Healing Touch : Dr. V. Shanta’s Journeys in Cancer Treatment and Care‘ in Feminists and Science: Critiques and Changing Perspectives in India vol. 2 due to be published by STREE, Kolkata. According to the author in the essay she tries to see how the three elements – of excellence, outreach and an ethic of care – came together in the making of Shanta, the doctor. She also examines the dynamics in the making of the Institute’s own signature approach.

You can read the complete article here. For your convenience PDF format of this article is also available for download here.

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Collaboration with NCI

Collaboration with NCI
March 4, 2016

Cancer Institute and the Center for Global Health, National Cancer Institute (NCI), USA, will collaborate on research, following a memorandum of understating signed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Barack Obama last June.

According to NCI’s Director Edward Trimble that NCI is looking at learning from the institute’s experiences in implementing training for healthcare workers in early detection and screening.

The institute is currently developing an Elisa test which would provide more specificity in identifying pre-cancerous lesions. With the results being provided within a few hours, the patient would also undergo further treatment if necessary immediately.

Dr. Shanta expressed “Many of the personalised care (procedures) reach only five per cent of the population. But in a country with limited resources we need procedures that can reach a large population.”

Let us hope that the collaboration between Cancer Institute and NCI results in new innovations in prevention of cancer.

Read the full story in The Hindu.

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Padma Vibhushan to Dr. Shanta

Padma Vibhushan to Dr. Shanta
January 27, 2016

Congratulations to Dr. Shanta for being chosen for Padma Vibhushan, country’s second highest civilian award for the year 2016. Reacting to the government’s decision to confer the award on her, Dr Shanta told Times of India: “I am thankful to those who have chosen me for this award. However, I am not too excited. What I and the institute need is more support from the government.” This shows how humble and selfless she is and how she always thinks about only the hospital and her patients.

Please watch her interview in Puthiya Thalaimurai and Thanthi TV channels.

Dr. Shanta has also received Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan awards in the past.

 

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Apex Institute

Apex Institute
June 28, 2015

A formal announcement elevating the prestigious Cancer Institute (Institute), Adyar, to an ‘apex institute’ by the Union Health Ministry is expected to be made soon. The Institute is rated by the World Health Organization as the top ranking cancer institute in the country.

The Union Health Ministry has recently identified the Cancer Institute as one of the leading tertiary care cancer centers that needs to be strengthened under its National Program for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, CVD and Stroke.

Dr. V Shanta said, after the honor is bestowed, the Cancer Institute will be called the ‘State Cancer Institute’ elevating its position from the current ‘Regional Centre for Cancer Care’.

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Book Release

Book Release
January 29, 2015

Cancer Institute Foundation released the book is titled “Adayaril innoru aalamaram”. In English it means “another banyan tree in Adyar”. The book motivates the reader to understand the accomplishments of the Cancer Institute, Chennai.

The book was released by Padmasri Dr. George Hart, Professor Emeritus of Tamil, University of Berkeley on May 9, 2015 during fundraiser Tamil comedy play “vinnyaium thaandi cinemavaa”. The book was received by Dr. M. Shamala, Family Medicine, Dr. Sujatha Narayanan, Department of Oncology, Stanford University, Mr. K. Sridharan & Jayanthi Sridharan, Sankara Eye Foundation, and Mr. C.K. Venkataraman, Publisher of Thendral Tamil magazine.

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