The E-Newsletter of Cancer Patients Aid Association

April 2006


SAMMY! A word that broke an empire!

2nd APRIL 2006-
Lillette Dubey kindly offered to do a show of Sammy for CPAA on April 2nd at St. Andrew's Hall. The play produced by The Primetime Theatre Company and supported by Phillips, depicts the gradual evolution of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi from his days as a lawyer in South Africa to the Mahatma, ending at his assassination and stars well known actors in the stellar roles. Of special mention for CPAA is Neha Dubey as Kasturba Gandhi who has been a volunteer with our organisation.
Written by Directed by Assistant Director
Pratap Sharma Lillete Dubey Ira Dubey
Joy Sengupta, Vijay Crishna, Neha Dubey, Denzil Smith, Zafar Karachiwala, Vikrant Chatturvedi, Asif Beg and Anu Menon.

PROJECT HIGHWAYS - A Breast Cancer Awareness Drive by Survivors

1st APRIL 2006- 30-year old Vandana Natu, a writer and filmmaker working with a leading advertising agency was diagnosed with third stage breast cancer in March 2005. Today Vandana is completely cured and back to her normal routine. So when Dr. Ritu Joseph, a dentist and also a cancer survivor, suggested going on a drive all over India to spread awareness about breast cancer, Vandana decided to join. The two adventurous women along with Ritu's daughter, Teesta are intending to cover the often unapproached rural and tribal belts all over India. To name a few North-east/ Leh/ Ladakh/ Orissa/ Sunder Bans/ Interior MP/ Uttaranchal etc. The purpose of this drive is to reach out to more and more women from the rural belt who cannot reach the appropriate medical information centers and to encourage them to go for regular cancer screenings.

They plan to organise lectures with the help of individuals / panchayat sarpanch and interested organizations to address groups ranging from a minimum of 10 women to 300 women. Having survived breast cancer themselves, they feel that personal interaction and dispelling myths should be the focus to the project along with providing information and material and dissemination of facts regarding the disease to the remote areas.

CPAA is helping them in this endeavour along with Tata Memorial Hospital and Womens Cancer Initiative. They have been given a Ford Endeavour thanks to Mr. Sivaramakrishnan, Director, Marketing. All fuel requirements are being met by Hindustan Petroleum. Autocar India and many personal friends of the trio have chipped in to ensure that the trip goes smoothly. The rally will be accompanied at various places by different organisations who are helping to arrange groups. Dr. Joseph also plans to perform screening for oral cancer and speak about the dangers of tobacco addiction.
The rally was flagged off on April 1st by Sunil Shetty, Dr. K.A. Dinshaw and Dr. R.A. Badwe from Tata Memorial Hospital and has reached Ahmednagar on 4th April. The progress will be recorded on the CPAA website under "PROJECT HIGHWAYS"
CPAA wishes these brave women the very best.


Our Prevention & Early Detection team organised 2 Cancer Screening Camps for the underprivileged in Tardeo & Mahalaxmi with the help of our Cultural Ambassador, famed Fashion Designer & BJP Leader- Ms. Shaina N. C. The Ex-Deputy Chief Minister Mr. Gopinath Munde was the Chief Guest of the camp at Tardeo alongwith Bollywood actress Madhoo. The Mahalaxmi Camp was graced by Bollywood actresses Tara Sharma & Arti Chabria.

28th March 2006 -Mumbai Doordarshan invited our Director of Diagnostic Services - Ms. Neeta More to appear live for thier show "Hello Sakhi" on Sahyadri Channel. to dispel myths about cancer & encourage more & more people to go for regular cancer screening.

18th February 2006 - The Nirmala Niketan College of Social Work, invited CPAA to their Health Exhibition to put up a stall displaying posters and informative cancer literature.


Bollywood Actress - Dia Mirza celebrated International Womens' Day with our women cancer patients at Cinemax Theatre, Sion. The celebration was preceded by a special showing of the movie "Chingaari" for them. Also present at the function were the director of the film Kalpana Lajmi, Music composer Shri. Bhupen Hazarika & singer Ila Arun. They interacted with the cancer patients and spoke about the important role they play in the family. Wishing them the very best they also encouraged them to keep a positive attitude in life.


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 and 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 / 56256349
 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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