Breast Cancer Survivors Day: New Delhi

Prof M C Misra, Director, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi invited CPAA, Delhi Branch to organise Pink October 2013 at the AIIMS premises for the Breast Cancer Survivors. The event was held on Sunday 20th October. It was an event of fun and frolic along with interaction with oncologists. Prof. Anurag Srivastava, Head of Surgery Department with the entire surgical oncology team of AIIMS was present to answer queries from the patients.

The success of the event goes to the survivors who enthusiastically came forward to give a helping hand to CPAA and participated in games and music with gusto. It was truly an event - by the survivors, of the survivors, for the survivors! This event was covered by Lok Sabha TV and a Radio Channel.


Awareness: Cancer awareness lectures were given by Dr. C J Joshi and CPAA's Neeta More for 30 people at United Ways on 18th October and for 20 people at Barclays India Ltd on 25th October. CPAA's Minal Parab held an awareness lecture at NAB for 15 ladies on 22nd of October.

Support group meeting: A cancer support-group meeting was conducted for the patients of Jagjivan Ram Railway Hospital on 26 October by CPAA's Susmita Mitra and Dr. Veena Shukla. The Indian Railways provide free accommodation to their employees afflicted with cancer while they undergo treatment at Tata Memorial Hospital, at this hospital. This meeting provided these 26 patients with an avenue to share their concerns and apprehensions. Pleased with the outcome of this meeting, the hospital authorities have decided to conduct this meeting every month and also augment it with Yoga demonstrations and useful activities.

New Delhi:

Awareness: Breast cancer awareness programs were conducted from 21st - 28th October. Lectures were conducted at Mahindra Tech by Dr. Vineeta Goel (Consultant, Radiation Oncology, MAX Hospital); at Xerox India by Dr. Mudit Agarwal (Surgical Oncologist, MAX Hospital) and at J C Penny by Dr. Deepali Kapoor (Psycho Oncologist, Apollo Hospital) . Interestingly, the session at J C Penny was aired live via video conferencing to their offices in Bangladesh and Pakistan. A similar program at the International Labor Organization (ILO) had an additional talk on Stress Management and Life Disorders by Dr Sajeela Maini along with Dr. Deepali Kapoor's Breast Cancer awareness lecture.

Border Security Force (BSF) invited CPAA to organise a cancer awareness program for their Jawans as a part of their Annual Health Mela. The event saw enthusiastic participation from over 1200 Jawans from all over the country along with their families. Through this platform, CPAA enlightened the audience on the facts, myths, prevention, lifestyle factors and symptoms of cancer, stressing on the necessity for early detection. Dr Prabhat Raina, a Surgical Oncologist from Jamia Hamdard Hospital and University, presented an audio-visual presentation on Cancer, its ill effects, symptoms and prevention. Appalled on learning the facts, the BSF Jawans came out with pertinent questions and took it up as a challenge to bring some lifestyle changes.

Early Detection:
A health check up camp was held at Munirka, in association with Vidya Foundation on 19th December for 115 women and children. Two cases were suspected amongst the 15 pap smears tests conducted. General purpose medicines were distributed amongst those screened.

Diwali: As per the tradition of CPAA, a Diwali puja was organised at Rajgharia Dharamshala on the auspicious day Dhanteras day. A generous donor sponsored sweet boxes which were distributed to the residents. CPAA Mumbai's Dr. Dhananjaya Saranath, Executive Director, Research Studies, was present at the occasion to cheer the children and even joined them in dance.

Children’s Day: A Children's day program was organised for childhood cancer patients on 26th November. The benevolent Sahani family opened the doors of their farmhouse at Rangoli Gardens for these children. It was a fun filled day of magicians, tattoos, joy rides, moonwalkers, games and sumptuous food. The children each received a unique coffee mug with their own picture embossed on it. The children were photographed on arrival and the gift was promptly prepared and handed over to them as a part of their goody bag.

Christmas celebrations: Pearl Academy of Fashion, Delhi sent in their Christmas angels to spread cheer at CPAA's Christmas party at the Pediatric Ward of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on 23rd December. The faculty and the students of the academy used different mediums of paintings and helped the children undergoing chemotherapy to come out with positive expressions. A generous Santa distributed special gifts to the children along with snacks boxes. Another such fun filled afternoon was organised for the residents of Rajgharia Dharamshala on 20th December. The games and activities organised were enjoyed by the children and adults alike. It was a double celebration as they sang and danced to also celebrate the birthday of CPAA Delhi's Director, Mrs Kiran Hukku. Pastries and woolen blankets were distributed to all the residents.


Awareness: An awareness talk on cancer was held at Barclays on the 25th October on the initiation of Dr. Vinod Gore on the signs and symptoms of breast cancer. He stressed on the need for timely preventive checkups. The interactive session through teleconference answered all their queries and doubts. All the women wore pink to show their support towards the cause.

Diwali Party: CPAA along with the Rotary Club of Kalyani Nagar organised a Diwali party for the patients and their relatives at Kalyani Nagar on 30th October. They sang some old melodies. The children did some colouring and all played a few games. The snacks served were enjoyed by all. Each one received a gift as a memento.

Make a Cancer patient smile
Movie Show:
Forty cancer patients and their relatives were treated to a special screening of Krrish 3 at PVR Cinemas at Phoenix Market city on 27th November. The desi superhero enthralled the audience with his action stunts. They were treated to sumptuous snacks after the show.

Christmas Party: A Christmas party was hosted by Phoenix Market city for about 50 patients and their relatives. The emcee interacted with the audience and made them sing and dance to some foot tapping music. Mr and Mrs Santa Claus distributed gifts to the children and entertained them. Photographs of the patients in various getups ensured that all enjoyed themselves. Mr. Rajiv Malla, Centre Director of Phoenix Market city was joined by the children in cutting the Christmas cake. Tasty snacks that were served added to the enjoyment of the patients.

CPAA's chairman Mr. Y K Sapru and Director Mrs Neeta More’s interview on Total Management of Cancer was published in Vol.2 of Health Executive Magazine of December 2013. Read article

Lanxess India Private Limited invited CPAA at their NGO Mela for its employees on 4th September. CPAA's team showcased the unique creations from the rehabilitation center at the sale.

Mrs Urvi Piramal chairperson Ashok Piramal donated Rs. 2 lakhs towards patient aid. CPAA's Shailja Singh received the cheque on CPAA's behalf.


Cancer Screening
(Oct - Dec 2013)
Camps / Clinics 35
Screenings 1035
Suspected cases 353
Detected cases 2

Patient Care
(Oct - Dec 2013)
Total Aid - Rs. 17,21,869
Patients Aided 668
Patients Counseled 2,672
Information/Literature 1,036
Ward / room visits 481
Transport services 1,993

Cancer Insurance Policy
(1994 - Dec 2013)
Policy enrollments 12,332
Detected cases 231
Survivors 181
Claims settled 921
Money Disbursed Rs. 52.8 million

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