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Cancer Rehabilitation: Building up lives.

CPAA Rehabilitation Centre was established in 1987 with the objective of restoring confidence in the lives of cancer patients. Efforts were directed towards the weaker sections of society – to give them the dignity of being able to support themselves.  

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Cancer treatment is expensive and funds run out fast. This is especially true for patients coming to Mumbai for treatment. They have no job and no source of income. Even for those living within Mumbai, the debilitating side effects of treatment often make it difficult for patients to continue with their earlier jobs. Unsympathetic employers are reluctant to allow time off from work, making it difficult to keep appointments for treatment. And yet, cancer patients need to be kept busy to prevent their brooding, and like all of us, they derive dignity and self respect from being able to take care of themselves and their own. 

In order to ease the pain and suffering of the cancer Patient, CPAA established a Rehabilitation Centre in 1987. The purpose of the Centre was to provide Medical, Emotional, Financial and Social Aid to the poor and needy patient of cancer through a single window.

Over 26,000 cancer patients and their family members have been supported to date. They are trained in crafts like tailoring, printing, candle-making, book binding, box-making, envelope-making, painting and breast prosthesis- making; which help them find jobs post treatment. During the training period, patients or their family members are given a monthly wage, conveyance expenses, children’s school fees, medical aid and rations from the food bank. Corporate orders from reputed organisations and regular customers at the CPAA’s Gift Shop encourage this enterprise.

So far through this Centre patients and their dependants have been reinstated into the mainstream of life by making them Capable and Strong, Confident and Self-sufficient. The breadwinners who have lost their means of livelihood, have been taught new skills, and the untrained and unemployed dependants have been initiated into vocation training in order to make them self reliant. During this period, apart from the Cancer medication, each patient is given regular wages, conveyance, travel allowance, accommodation allowance for out-of-towners, food-grains, books, tuition fees, food supplements and prosthesis.

Today the Rehabilitation Centre provides relief from its workshop in Mahalaxmi which can house almost 100 workers. Crafts like Tailoring, Printing, Candle Making, Binding, Box Making, Envelope Making, and Painting and Breast Prosthesis making are taught in State-of-the-Art workshops. Elaborate designing and stringent quality-control measures; ensure products fit for the elite. Hence the customers range from the Taj Mahal Hotel chain to Contemporary Arts & Crafts, from Westside to Bombay Stores and Tressorie, from the Birlas and Ambani's to prominent film stars and industrialists.

The importance of a fully functional Rehabilitation Centre cannot be undermined. The sheer comfort of being in the company of similarly afflicted persons, learning a craft in order to become self-reliant or executing a job order, patients find new meaning to their lives. For these inmates of the Rehabilitation Centre, every morning has a purpose, and every evening is a satisfying reward.

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Items produced by the Rehabilitation Centre (listed below) have become popular in outlets such as the Taj and Oberoi Group Hotel Shops, Takete Maluma, Central Cottage Industries, Shoppers Stop, Srishti and Crosswords. Our entire range of Diyas, Torans, Hampers, Pouches, etc was exhibited and sold at the upscale and prestigious Exhibitions like Kala Ghoda Exhibition, Women Entrepreneurs of the Indian Merchant Chamber, The Club, Horniman Circle Garden and Four Seasons Hotel. They are regularly found at exhibitions held at the World Trade Centre, Concern India Foundation, the Society Collection at Mumbai and Pune.

We produce a variety of paper products, like shopping bags, paper bags for packaging, and envelopes, each of which can be customized by screen or offset printing. We also undertake printing of visiting cards, letterheads, greeting and invitation cards.

A dedicated unit makes T-shirts, tracksuits and jackets. Our state-of-the-art Japanese Juki machines handle all operations relating to the making of T-shirts, including fabric cutting, button holing, attaching, elasticating with computerised flat locking, 3 and 5 thread overlocking, and intricate embroidery.

The Taj group of hotels source their linen requirements (for all 44 hotels) from our Rehabilitation Center. This includes fabrication, printing and embroidery of laundry bags, half aprons, full aprons, bedsheets, tablecloths, tray mats, tea cosy covers, milk cosy covers, dinner napkins, and cocktail napkins. A large number of diyas, Ganpatis and other terracotta items are made by the Rehabilitation Centre.


Breast Prosthesis

Breast Prosthesis
Bone cancer, breast cancer and laryngeal cancer patients often need prostheses (artificial body parts) post surgery. Prostheses act as replacement parts for those that were removed during surgery. Prostheses manufactured abroad are difficult to obtain and can be prohibitively expensive. In the past, CPAA has communicated with the manufacturer of such prostheses to negotiate reduced rates and then helped the patient raise the necessary resources to buy them.

Self-image is an important part of the recovery process following a mastectomy for breast cancer, and so, CPAA decided to develop low-cost, high-quality breast prosthesis in-house. Manju Gupta the Executive Director of the Rehabilitation Center, who was accompanying a relative undergoing medical treatment in New York’s Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital, investigated the various kinds of foam, silicone liquid and solid breast prostheses available, then returned and developed a prosthesis based largely on Indian material.

The prosthesis is fully washable (important in view of the hot and humid climate), gives an extremely good cosmetic appearance, and costs Rs.400 to 650 (depending on size) versus Rs.7,500 - Rs. 8,500 for the imported models. For further information call: +91-22-2490-3561 (Mumbai).