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Dr. Shanta Interviews by “News 7 Tamil”

Dr. Shanta Interviews by “News 7 Tamil”
December 23, 2016

With apologies to those who do not speak Tamil, here is a collection of interviews of Dr. V. Shanta by Tamil TV channel “News 7 Tamil“. These interviews are in Tamil. We are proud to share these videos with you. We thank News 7 Tamil for these useful and informative videos.

Dr. Shanta discusses in depth the history of how Chennai Adyar Cancer Institute came to be, challenges then and now, what is cancer, how it is preventable, various treatment options, progression of cancer treatment advances, root causes of cancer and whether it is curable or not etc. She also highlights how Cancer Institute has pioneered in cancer prevention efforts, research and higher education via its own College of Oncology Sciences.

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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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