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APCASOT Training Programme:
UICC Asia-Pacific Cancer Society Training Grants are offered by the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) and the Cancer Council Australia to develop cancer control capacity in the Asia-Pacific region. The grants provide selected fellows with a unique training and development experience and by providing the hosting cancer societies the opportunity to contribute to cancer control in the Asia-Pacific region. This year CPAA's Pradnya Phatak was selected for this fellowship to study at the Cancer Council Queensland, Brisbane, Australia from 7th to 11th April under the supervision of Ms. Lisa Bridges in order to facilitate the transfer of technologies, techniques and skills needed to better serve the cancer research activities, treatment and care of cancer patients in both the countries.

CPAA being one of the host societies, also offers this program. This year Osman Gani Mansur, Children Leukemia Assistance & Support Services, Bangladesh; Shusmita Hossain Khan, Eminence and Technical Coordinator, at Eminence Associates for Social Development, Bangladesh; Rudra Lal Kadariya, Cancer Council Nepal and Kishore Kumar Pradhananga, Cancer Prevention, Control & Research Dept. BPK Memorial Cancer Hospital, Nepal, were chosen for this fellowship to study at CPAA, Mumbai from 21st to 25th April under the supervision of Ms. Anita Peter.

Early detection: CPAA runs a diagnostic clinic and pathology lab at Naigaon, Mumbai and a state-of-the-art Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) based Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) DNA laboratory at Mahalaxmi, Mumbai. Free cancer screening clinics are conducted at Naigaon on Tuesday between 2 - 3.30 pm for all walk-ins and on Wednesdays between 2 - 3.30 pm for Insurance Policy check up. On-site camps at subsidised rates are conducted in Mumbai, New Delhi , Pune and throughout India. The Naigaon clinic also offers sonography, mammography, x-ray and other ancillary investigations at subsidised rates. The Well Mens' Clinic and Well Womens' Clinic is a free awareness and cancer diagnostic and follow-up program run for men and women from the lower economic strata. Email: for further details.

Psycho-Oncology Volunteers Training workshop: CPAA was invited to conduct a Psycho-Oncology Volunteers Training workshop by Krishna Cancer Aid Association at Daman. This program was organized in association with the local Lioness club for their members, from 10 - 12 April.

Email Susmita Mitra: for further information.

Open Forum: An open forum program on cancer was held on 28th March 2014 at for the employees of Mahindra Tractors. This program was sponsored by Sanofi India Pvt. Ltd. Dr. Sanjay Dudhat (Onco-surgeon - Balabhai Nanavati Hospital), Dr. R Gopal (Fortis-Sanofi India Ltd), Ushakiran Sisodia (Dietician-Nanavati Hospital), Sanjay Mone (Actor & writer), Neeta More (Executive Director-CPAA), Suvrata Gharge (Manager- Employees Relations and Development, Mahindra & Mahindra Tractors) were the speakers on the panel, while Neela Ravindra anchored the program.

BEST Sewree invited CPAA to conduct an open forum program on cancer on 30th April 2014 for their employees. Mukund Ambre (Chief Deputy Engineer - BEST), Dr. Sanjay Dudhat (Onco-surgeon - Balabhai Nanavati Hospital), Dr. C. J. Joshi (General surgeon), Neeta More (Executive Director-CPAA), Varsha Usgaonkar (Actress), Aishwarya Narkar (Actress) and Avinash Narkar (Actor) were the speakers on the panel. The show was ably compeered by Vijay Suryavanshi.

New Delhi:

International Women's Day: The 2nd Anniversary of Breast Cancer Support Group initiated by CPAA at AIIMS was organized to mark the International Women's Day. This was the 13th meeting of the group in past two years. There was an interactive session held between prominent oncologists of AIIMS and patients/survivors. Prof. P K Julka, Dean & Head of Radio therapy, Prof. Seenu, Prof. Rajinder Parshad, Prof Neerja Bhatla and Asst. Prof Anita Dhar had taken time out of their busy schedules and interacted with participants to address their health issues. This was followed by an entertainment session filled with songs, dance and games. It was extremely therapeutic and helped the participants forget their anxieties & stress. There were total 200 participants and the event was sponsored by Smile Group.

Self Defense workshop: CPAA, Delhi in collaboration with Aakaar & New India Mission organized a self defense workshop for the benefit of female cancer survivors and their female attendants on 9th April, 2014. The workshop was divided in two sections. The discussion gave emphasis on how to prevent crime situations by giving realistic examples. The most powerful message conveyed to the participants was that in the inevitable circumstances, self protection is of paramount importance rather than being passive. In the second half participants were taught some basic techniques to protect themselves physically and mentally.

Theatre Workshop: A summer theatre workshop was organized for childhood cancer patients on 29th May at Rajgharia Dharamshala. It was This was an educative yet entertaining afternoon where theatre games and basic performance techniques were taught. There were around 30 participants and each child was encouraged to participate in this activity.

nternational Women's Day: The Marriott Courtyard celebrated International Womens' Day with CPAA's Pune team on 6th March 2014. The General Manager of the hotel highly appreciated the work being done by CPAA at the High tea evening.

On 8th March 2014 Ivy Studio hosted 30 women patients at their International Women's Day celebrations. Identity Events headed by Mr. Kochari organized this fun filled afternoon. Vicky and his group entertained the audience with their performances on popular songs. Mementos were distributed to all present. Both these events were held on the initiative of Ms. Mita Banerjee, Writer Founder Team Miracle.

12th March was observed as 'No Smoking Day' at the Inorbit Mall. Dr. Nikita Mittal a dance therapist entertained the patients while also using dance as a medium of relaxation for them. Several smokers present were moved by the event and pledge to try to stop smoking. A cake was cut by all the patients and the tea and snacks provided were enjoyed by all.

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