The E-Newsletter of Cancer Patients Aid Association

October 2006


The month of October is globally observed as Breast Cancer Awareness month
CPAA's Diagnostic Department organised a breast cancer awareness & screening camp on 1st  October 2006 to commemorate the same, at the Ruparel Medical Center, Mumbai for 164 women. The camp which was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Bombay Midcity was preceded by a detailed awareness lecture educating the women on early signs, symptoms, causes, risks factors & the myths surrounding the disease. After the screening, 29 ladies were advised follow-up (sono-mammogram) for breast nodularity. 
Followed by this Ms. Neeta More - Director Diagnostic Services was invited to participate in the television popular program, "Hello Sakhi" on Sahyadri (DD) Channel, Mumbai to speak about Breast Cancer.

3rd Asia Pacific Reach to Recovery International Breast Cancer Conference 
The 3rd Asia Pacific Reach to Recovery International Breast Cancer Conference was held in Mumbai this year between 7th - 10th November, with Cancer Patients Aid Association being one of the host organisations. Reach to Recovery groups have been set up in different parts of the country since the 1990's, actively offering psychosocial support and public awareness programmes along-with regular training sessions for volunteers. This Conference proved to be a global confluence of the Asian Pacific experience, knowledge and expertise shared amongst volunteers, healthcare and social support workers. CPAA Chairman - Mr. Y. K. Sapru was invited to speak at the Plenary Session on ADVOCACY AND ITS IMPACT. His talk on "Applying Successful Models in Advocacy" was very well received. Dr. Shubha Maudgal along with Ms. Aditi Bapat conducted a break out session on the topic Reaching the Hard to Reach, Mr. Sapru being the chief moderator. This interactive session saw participation from delegates from all over the world.
Children's Day at Bowling Co. with 
This year Children's Day was indeed special for our young patients fighting the Big 'C'. Galaxy Entertainment Corporation Limited joined hands with CPAA to indulge them in a fun-filled day with their favourite stars from Bollywood. It was "Dhoom Machale" time for them with actors Suniel Shetty, Dia Mirza, Esha Deol & Kunal Kapoor

The Bowling Co. at Phoenix Mills Mumbai transformed into  a dance floor with the starry-eyed children shaking a leg with their heartthrobs. This event gave the kids a chance to forget their worries as they spent the morning dancing and playing. This was followed by unlimited games and a magic show for the little ones. 

The stars proclaimed in unison that they truly felt blessed because they got an opportunity to make the children feel as special as possible !

38th Annual SIOP Conference 2006 in Geneva, Switzerland
CPAA participated in the 38th Annual Conference of the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP) - 2006, held in Geneva, Switzerland between September 18th - 21st 2006. Ms. Vinaya Chacko - Head of Patient Care Department and an experienced counselor presented a paper on Art Therapy for children with cancer. She spoke about art as a medium to allow children with cancer to express their feelings, based on her observations while conducting several playgroup sessions for children with cancer and undergoing treatment. Seen here in the picture with her at the conference is Christine Wandzura & Anders Wollmén Chair, & Vice Chair, ICCCPO Parent's Program and Dr. Shubha Maudgal, Executive Director, CPAA.

The SIOP 2007 Conference is slated to be held in Mumbai with Dr. Shubha Maudgal on the organising committee.
Genetic Counseling Course at Reliance School of Life Science
With the onset of cutting-edge molecular diagnostics, Genetic counselling has emerged as a specialized service to help individuals and families seeking information about the occurrence or risk of a genetic condition or a possible anomaly in a child yet to be born. It has an increasingly important role to play in health care delivery and better patient management. This is especially true for cancer.

Perhaps the first of its kind in India, Reliance School of Life Sciences is organising a Genetic Counseling Course. The course trains you to provide relevant genetic information to patients and their family members facing risks of the disease. The two-week comprehensive course provides you training in the complex science of medical genetics, as well as in counseling skills. It educates you about various aspects of human genetic diseases, testing and methodology, as well as facilitates an understanding of the psychological and social aspects of counseling in which CPAA will be partnering the organisers.

The Course Fee of Rs 10,000/- includes tuition fee, course materials and lunch on all days of the workshop.

Eligibility: Medical Doctors, Diagnosticians, Research Scientists - Ph.D / MD / MBBS, Social Scientists / Psychologists /M.Sc or Ph.D Students of Molecular Genetics / Human Genetics

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Program Co-ordinator
Archana Tanavade Contact: +91 22 67678384.

Reliance School of Life Sciences
Dhirubhai Ambani Life Sciences Centre, Thane-Belapur Road, Rabale, Navi Mumbai 400 701, INDIA.
Tel: +91 22 6767 8000 . Fax: +91 22 6767 8099 . Website:
(In association with Reliance Life Sciences)

Join CPAA in the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon 2007


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

Prabhadevi Industrial Estate, Gala No. 15, 1st floor, Next to Domino's Pizza,  Opp. Siddhivinayak Temple, Prabhadevi, Mumbai-25
Tel: +91 22 2438 3296 / 5625 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 2412 1680

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