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Cancer Institute(WIA) Foundation, Inc.,


A US Non Profit Organization. 501(C) (3) Tax ID: 20-1140049

100% Affiliated with Cancer Institute(WIA), Adyar, Chennai, India


History of The Institute in Adyar, India

Cancer Institute, Adyar, Chennai, India is a Hospital and Research Institute delivering free cancer care for thousands of poor patients over the past 50 years.

Laid Stone By Priminister Pandit Nehru

In 1954, Dr.Muthulakshmi Reddy, India’s first woman medical graduate and social reformer, felt the acute need for a hospital solely dedicated to cancer. Dr. Reddy, a woman of fortitude and vision founded the autonomous charitable comprehensive cancer centre under the auspices of Women’s India Association (WIA) in 1955. Thanks to the unwavering efforts of Dr.Krishnamurthy, the advisor and Dr.V.Shanta, The Director, the Institute has grown from two room centre to a magnificent hospital providing state of the art cancer care for over 100,000 patients annually. Today, Cancer Institute is the only free standing, non-profit, institution that provides excellent cancer care regardless of socioeconomic conditions.

The Institute wages a multi-pronged attack on the deadly disease through Cancer Diagnosis, Care, Prevention, Research and Education.

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Dr.Muthulakshmi Reddy

The Great Founder Dr.Muthulakshmi Reddy

  • 1912-First woman in India to graduate in Medicine.
  • 1918-First Indian member of the WIA, Madras and was its President for 30 years.
  • 1927-Member and Vice-President of Madras Legislative Assembly.
  • 1930-Founded the Avvai Home for orphaned girls and daughters of devadasis.
  • 1949-Initiated the Cancer Relief fund of the WIA to set up a specialty cancer hospital.
  • 1954-Founded The Cancer Institute.
  • 1956-Awarded Padma Bhushan.

  • Cancer Diagnosis, Care and Prevention

    The Institute is Unique in its efforts by being the First in India to:

  • Screen rural population for early signs of cancer.
  • Provide State of the Art Care for all patients, 60% of whom are treated free.
  • Train rural public health workers health in personal communication.
  • Promote Tobacco Cessation Programs.



  • Research

    The Institute's Internationally recognized Research laboratories focus on the following aspects of Cancers common in India:
  • Cause
  • Prevention
  • Therapy



  • Education

    Needy Children Under Care The Institute’s College of oncology sciences is recognized by a number of Leading Indian Universities to train Physicians towards :

  • M.Ch.(Surgical Oncology)
  • D.M.(Medical Oncology)
  • M.D.(Radiation Oncology)
  • M.Sc.(Medical Physics)
  • Ph.D. in several oncology sciences


  • For more information, please visit:
    The Cancer Institute(WIA), Chennai, India


    In Short, The Cancer Institute, Adyar, Chennai, is One of A Kind Institution in India whose mission is to offer the best care when the disease strikes, regardless of who it is.

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