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8th March: On the eve of National Safety week (4th - 10th March), a cancer awareness lecture was organised at Maersk India Pvt. Ltd, Uran. 65 of their blue collared employees attended this program which was followed by a display of our awareness literature and pamphlets.

International Women's Day is marked on March 8 every year. This is a day of global celebration of women, focusing on respect, appreciation and love towards women as well as acknowledgment of their economic, political and social achievements.

This year, women working in traditionally male dominated professions like construction, electronic safety and atomic research invited CPAA to address them on the subject of health, prevention and treatment of common womens cancers. Stimulating discussions were held at each of the 3 venues, viz., Leighton International, Zicom and BARC.

An early detection camp was conducted in Assam in association with Deepshika Cancer Care Foundation. 118 individuals were screened, and 9 cases were detected. (oral cancer 4, breast cancer 2, cervical cancer 3)
A special screening of the movie 'Saat Khoon Maaf' was organised for women patients by Big Cinemas - Imax. Celebrities Arjun Rampal, Neetu Chandra, Shweta Pandit and Sherlyn Chopra made the patients feel special with their presence. They all sang and danced and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. See video

New Delhi:
The Delhi branch of CPAA and The Imperial Hotel joined hands to celebrate the achievements of distinguished women from diverse fields. Present at the event were: Sushma Seth- Theatre aficionado and CPAA patron, Alaknanda Bose- dancer, Dr. Sajeela Maini- a Tobacco Cessation Specialist, Geeta Seshmani- a Social Activist, Namita Gokhale - a well known author, Kanchan Chandra- Internationally renowned Artist, Deepa Malik- a paralysed yet successful Athlete, Padamshri Shrivastav and Piya Bajwa- Cancer survivors. All the awardees were honoured with Satya Paul women's range of accessories. The eventful afternoon was marked with a special session on cancer and lifestyle by Dr. Sajeela Maini along with a humorous and witty performance by Papa CJ - an internationally acclaimed stand-up comedian and a grand finale by Gilles Chuyen- a French contemporary dancer, culminating in a gala lunch. Mr. Vijay Wanchoo, Sr. VP & GM, said that the aim of organising this event with CPAA was to gladden women's hearts, enlighten their minds and empower their hands for a Better World.

11th - 16th April: CPAA's Psycho Oncology Training Programme, to impart training to lay people who wish to counsel patients in treatment centres is now in its third year. At the request of Muskaan in Goa and Grama Shikshana Foundation, Hubli, CPAA's Dr. Shubha Maudgal and Susmita Mitra conducted the programme for people wishing to volunteer with these organisations. There was a large enthusiastic turnout at both places with over 40 participants completing the 3 day programme. An additional benefit was the unique opportunity for a free exchange of ideas which also helped underline the fact that cancer is a universal experience and that we need to help each other's endeavours if we are to fight this scourge successfully. More photos: Goa | Hubli

19th April: D Y Patil International School invited CPAA to be the beneficiary for their fund raising event, a cooking competition for mothers of their students. Celebrity chef Tarla Dalal was the chief guest for this program.

25th March: On the occasion of CPAA's Annual Review Meeting, we were honoured to have as Chief Guest, Ms. Jaya Row, founder of Vedanta Vision, an organisation dedicated to the dissemination of Vedanta, Indian philosophy, its interpretation and re-presentation in the modern context. Ms. Row's talk was full of relevant examples and messages we could take back into our daily activities. It emphasised the importance of having impeccable character, integrity and maturity and ensured that we were recharged for the coming year.

This was followed by a thought-provoking workshop by Anita Elavia Manager Skills Certification Center, Taj Group. Her session, aptly titled, 'Refresh, Recharge, Re-invent' was truly energizing.

Rati Datta proved to be an angel for 20 children who were treated to a memorable day of fun in Alibag on 19th April. Beginning with the hour long catamaran ride across the harbour from Gateway of India, followed by the first sight of the gorgeous bungalow, set alight with brilliant flowers and greenery, the delicious food that had been ordered specifically with childhood cancer patients likes and dislikes in mind to the games and competitions, noon wanted to come back! Many thanks to this amazing lady who's desire it was to ensure that our children had a day they will never forget. CPAA's Mallika Narayanan, Gulshan Hodiwalla and Susan Verghese took care to see that every child enjoyed the outing to the utmost. More photos  

25th - 30th March: International exchange:  In today's Kashmir where terror is taken for granted, a group struggles valiantly to help patients suffering from cancer get the treatment they need. CPAA was honoured to host Mr. Siraj Uddin Salam of Kashmir Humanity Foundation for a week under our Twinning programme. We were humbled to hear his descriptions of the conditions he works under. Ignorance, a fatalistic attitude to cancer ensures that many cancer patients succumb to their disease without getting detected let alone treated. On witnessing the screening camps CPAA organises, he was motivated to replicate it back home. He carried back with him samples of instruments used during our Diagnostic Check up, collected systematically by CPAA's Kirti Dustkar. More photos.

UICC Asia-Pacific Cancer Society Training Grants (APASOT) is 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 Rajeev Karn from Nepal Cancer Relief Society, Nepal and Susan Go from Davao Cancer Society, Philippines, were chosen for this fellowship to study at CPAA, Mumbai, India from 25th to 29th April under the supervision of Ms. Anita Peter in order to facilitate the transfer of technologies, techniques and skills needed to better serve the cancer research activities, treatment & care of cancer patients.

29th April: 15 childhood cancer patients were invited to watch a 'Juggler Show' at Shanti Avedna Sadan, Bandra. They thoroughly enjoyed the show and the snacks that followed. They received keys chains with their names embossed on them as gifts.

30th April: CPAA's Dr. Kunal Oswal conducted an anti tobacco awareness lecture and discussion programme at M/s DBM Geotechnics & Constructions Pvt Ltd., at their Central Stores & Workshop situated at Taloja, Navi Mumbai for around 150 workers.

The organizers have decided to promote the programme at other factories in the area and also to involve the 'Sarpanch' so that the general public can be made aware of the dangers associated with tobacco addiction.

New Delhi:
16th March: CPAA organized a grand Holi celebration at Rajgarhia Dharamshala for the 150 patients and their relatives. Prominent city doctors along-with the welfare officer of AIIMS attended the program. RJs from HIT 95 FM sang for the patients and played 'Antakshari' with them. Holi delicacies were distributed amongst the patients.
7th April: A magic show was jointly organised with AIIMS and in co-ordination with the Song & Drama division of the Information and Broadcast Ministry of India, for patients and their families. The patients were called upon to actively participate in the session making it a thoroughly enjoyable experience for them.

CPAA shows the way - Quit tobacco for life

You've worked hard to quit. Here's your chance to voice your right to live in a Tobacco Free World! For this year's World No Tobacco Day, May 31st, Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) is interested in hearing your story about quitting.

Please submit your story in 500 words or less describing your journey to a smoke free life. The top three entries will be selected for a chance to win fabulous prizes, along with a chance to meet celebrities....

Applicants are requested to submit their entries along with their name, date of birth, complete address and email id to the following address: Cancer Patients Aid Association Anand Niketan, King George V. Memorial, Dr. E. Moses Road, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai - 400011 Tel: 2492 4000

Applicants may also email entries to

Submit your story online


Forthcoming Events

Colours of Life
'Art Supports Life'

Cancer Patients Aid Association in association with Cymroza Art Gallery is delighted to present their 7th Annual Art Exhibition 'Colours of Life' - Art Supports Life. The collection brings together a collection of works big and small, in a wide range of prices, media and subjects by over a 139 senior and newer Indian artists.

When you reach out for a painting at our exhibition, you reach out to life as the proceeds will support the education of childhood cancer patients through our Childrens' Education Fund, yet another step towards CPAA's mission of 'Total Management of Cancer'. The exhibition allows art lovers to contribute to the cause as well as take home a masterpiece.

Cymroza Art Gallery, 72, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai 400026

6th June - 2nd July 2011
from 11am - 7pm (Sunday closed)

For further details please contact


STATISTICS (March - April)

Cancer Screening
Camps / Clinics 43
Screenings 1,223
Suspected cases 573
Detected cases 0

Patient Care
Total Aid Rs. 6,51,171
Patients Aided 416
Patients Counselled 3,220
Information/Literature 1,710
Ward / room visits 1,238
Ambulance service to 2,000


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