Face to Face - Innovations in Cancer Diagnostics, Therapeutics and Care

CPAA and Biocon organised a 'Face to Face' meeting with leaders in the field of cancer to spark a debate on the utility of various developments in the field of cancer, on 4th December 2010.

 Dr. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, Chairman, Biocon Limited, Syngene International Limited and Clinigene International Limited, Dr. Rajendra Badwe, Director, Tata Memorial Hospital, Dr. Tapan Saikia, Head of Medical Oncology, Prince Aly Khan Hospital and Transplant Physician at Jaslok Hospital, Dr Nagraj Huilgol, Chief of Radiation Oncology, Nanavati Hospital made thought provoking presentations.


On the occasion of Children's Day, CPAA and Pawan Hans Helicopters Limited organized a joy-ride for childhood cancer patients. Mr. Yash Birla, Chairman, The Yash Birla Group, actress Ms. Tanushree Dutta and Ms. Kalpana Malvia, runner-up Gladrags Mega Model Manhunt 2009 celebrated the day with 18 children and their family members.

CPAA and Mahindra Tractors, Kandivali organized an Open Forum on Breast and Cervical Cancers for the staff members of Mahindra & Mahindra Limited as well as the general public on 9th December at Kandivali. Dr. Mandakini Purandare, Gynaecologist, Dr. Mandar Nadkarni, Onco-surgeon, Mrs. Neeta More, Director, CPAA and Mrs. Suvrata Gharge, Manager, Mahindra Tractors were the speakers at this forum, designed to raise awareness.

Well known actresses, Ms. Sukanya Kulkarni-Mone, Ms. Priya Berde and Ms. Shruja Prabhudesai were the chief guests. The forum was held in Marathi and Mrs. Sandhya Patwardhan, Medical Journalist compered the forum.

CPAA's Mrs. Phul Mathur was awarded the 'Seva Murti Puraskar' by the Shri Seva Samrat Gunwant Baba Charate Pratishthan. Mrs. Mathur has raised funds for CPAA's activities for the last 20 years, ensuring that needy patients received the treatment they could not otherwise afford. She is responsible for raising funds for the redevelopment of CPAA's Smt. Panadevi Dalmia Cancer Management Centre at Mahalaxmi as well as the Suman Ramesh Tulsiani Cancer Detection & Rehabilitation Centre at Prabhadevi. We congratulate her on this acknowledgement of her selfless work.

CPAAs Dr. Shubha Maudgal was invited to make a presentation on the benefits of CPAA's 'Psycho Oncology for Volunteers and Caretakers' training programme on 20th December at Cancer Care India's Annual General Body Meeting in Ahmadabad.

Christmas Celebration:
Christmas came with a wave of parties for our childhood cancer patients. The first one was organised by the Orange Business Services on the 16th December at their office center. They had organised a magic show and games for the children and a goody bag full of gifts. On 17th December, employees of the Hotel Novetel organized a party for a different group of children. The children spent the evening decorating the Christmas tree. The movie '3 Idiots' was screened especially for them. This was followed by a visit by Santa who played with the excited children and distributed gifts to them. On 23rd December, 60 children and their parents were invited for a party at Rosemary & Thyme. Dr. Mukund Aparajit has consistently supported CPAA in many endeavours including training parents in baking and catering at his facility at Rosemary & Thyme. The children witnessed an entertaining show with magic, games, prizes and a lot of singing and dancing. The evening ended on a sweet note with Dr. Kiran Kalel distributing a cake that he had brought for the occasion. Students of HR College came to CPAA to sing some Christmas carols on 24th December. They also played with the children and distributed gifts to them.

On 18th December, Mrs.Vaishali Irani of Vaishali Nrityaniketan Thane organized a wonderful evening of dance and music in aid of CPAA. The proceeds of this show, Rs. 1 Lakh, were donated towards the care of our patients.


New Delhi Branch

Diwali festivities: One of CPAA's patrons organised a heartwarming Diwali celebration at her farmhouse in Gurgaon. The patients enthusiastically participated in activities like clay pot painting, hoopla game, tattoos, candy floss, bouncers, musical chair and passing the parcel organised for them. The highlight of the evening was the firework display after a delicious feast laid out for them. The children were presented video games.

Christmas Celebration: Christmas 2010 began with lots of enthusiasm and fun at the AIIMS Pediatric Ward on 21st December. The children and the staff came together and decorated the playroom and the ward. They were overjoyed to be a part of the celebration. One of our adopted cancer patient dressed up as Santa Claus and merrily distributed candies to all the children. Cup cakes, patties, juices, sweets, chocolates, caps and blankets were distributed to 100 patients. The next party was at the Millennium School, where the students warmly welcomed 35 childhood cancer patients into their school. A cultural program was especially put together for them. Delicious snacks and gifts were distributed after the program. Sonu, a young patient, sang a Christmas carol and a Hindi song for everyone.

CPAA held its first Psyco-Oncology Volunteers Training Programme in Gurgaon from 1st 3rd December. The programme was ably organised by Smita Khante, Sabeeha Shah and Hamsini Shivakumar. CPAA will organise many more such programmes on a regular basis in future. This programme gives people with a non-medical background an insight into cancer and cancer care before becoming counselors at various hospitals.

CPAA Delhi's Mrs. Sudha Murgai and Mrs. Neelima Batra too attended this workshop conducted by Dr. Shubha Maudgal and Ms. Susmita Mitra from the Mumbai Head office. Certificates were presented to the participants after the completion of the workshop.

Pune Branch

Diwali festivities: A special programme was organised to entertain cancer patients on the occasion of Diwali at the Command Hospital on 7th November. It was attended by about 50 patients. Competitive games were played and prizes were given to the winners. This was followed by snacks and distribution of gifts to the patients. The Oasis Hotel also hosted a Diwali party featuring mimicry and musical programme to entertain cancer patients. The hotel sponsored a delicious lunch thereafter. CPAA Pune participated in a Diwali sale for NGOs at Emcure Pharmaceuticals. They exhibited and sold products like Diyas, Jute bags and stationary items made by cancer patients.

Christmas Celebration: 75 young and old cancer patients were invited to the restaurant Malaka Spice to celebrate Christmas. They enjoyed various games and sang popular Christmas carols. Santa Clause was on hand to distribute chocolates to the patients. It has been an especially chilly winter. A kind donor provided shawls as a Christmas gift to the patients. The entertainment was followed by exotic Thai Snacks.

Forthcoming Events:

CPAA's Neeta More
will deliver a series of 6 lectures related to Cancer Awareness, Early Detection, Patient Care, Rehabilitation, Palliative Care and Total Management of Cancer on local TV in Marathi starting February 4th, 2011.

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Smt. Panadevi Dalmia Cancer
Management Centre
King George V Memorial, Dr. E. Moses Road, Mahalakshmi, Mumbai-11.
Tel: +91 22 2492 4000 / 8775
Fax: +91 22 2497 3599
Suman Ramesh Tulsiani Diagnostic & Rehabilitation Centre
1st flr, Prabhadevi Industrial Estate, Next to Domino's Pizza, Opp. Siddhivinayak Temple,
Prabhadevi, Mumbai-25
 Tel:+91 22 2438 3296 /  6525 6349
Lila Kishanchand Shahani Clinical Diagnostic Centre: 1st Floor, Naigaon Municipal Maternity Hospital, Dahivalkar Road, Opp. BDD Chawl No. 6&7, Next to Police Grounds,
Naigaon, Mumbai-14.
Tel: +91 22 24121680

DELHI BRANCH: H/1572, Chittaranjan Park, New Delhi - 110 019 Tel: +91 11 2627 0470 / 2627 2298 e-mail: kiran.hukku@cancer.org.in
: 8, Uttam Tower, Above Nene Hospital, Nagar Road, Pune - 411 006 Tel:+91 20 3950 0350 /2669 6636 e-mail: maharukh.mehta@cancer.org.in

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