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Charlie Brown to the Rescue!

Charlie Brown to the Rescue!

Does your friend or a family member have cancer and you do not know how to explain what cancer is to a toddler in your house? Here is a Charlie Brown cartoon that explains it to the kids the way they can understand it. We have included the short version and the long version of the cartoon here. Long version is in two parts.

Even if you do not have anyone in the kith & kin suffering from cancer please encourage your youngsters learn about cancer. It might inspire them to become an Oncologist or get into research when they grow up to find an effective treatment or cure for the disease. In the meantime it might encourage them to volunteer to help those suffering from cancer.

The Emperor of All Maladies

The Emperor of All Maladies

The book “The Emperor of All Maladies” by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee won Pulitzer Prize and was New York Times #1 best seller. An exhaustive account of cancer’s origins, The Emperor of All Maladies illustrates how modern treatments–multi-pronged chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, as well as preventative care–came into existence thanks to a century’s worth of research, trials, and small, essential breakthroughs around the globe. The story of cancer is a story of human ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance but also of hubris, paternalism and misperception. The book is available for purchase in Amazon.

The book was made into a 3 part documentary and was produced by Ken
Burns and directed by Barak Goodman. Episode 1 titled Magic Bullets,
Episode 2 titled The Blind Men and Elephant and Episode 3 titled Finding
the Achilles Heel were screened in March 2015 in PBS. You can learn about these very informative episodes online at and You can also watch full episodes at

Note: PBS has removed these videos and they are no longer available.

Sevathon 2016

ICC Sevathon
June 26, 2016

Guadalupe Park
349 W. St. John Street
San Jose, CA 95110

Cancer Institute Foundation participated in the annual Sevathon organized by India Community Center as non-profit partner organization.

Sevathon which is a walkathon, is the largest social service platform of its kind. It supports the spirit of giving by uniting walkers, runners, sponsors, family members and friends.

Several CIF volunteers participated in the half marathon, 10K, and 5K races. Huge thanks to those who participated and raised funds for CIF.

CIF volunteers also managed the finish line water station and ensured nearly 3000 runners and walkers were well hyderated and had a pleasant experience participating in Sevathon.


June 11, 2016
Trottier Middle School Auditorium
49 Parkville Road
Southborough, MA 01772

Boston chapter of Cancer Institute Foundation staged a successful show Sangam, Indian classical music & dance program.

The event included veena recital by Smt. Durga Krishnan and her students from New England School of Music accompanied by Sri. Pravin Sitaram in Mridangam and Sri. Rajesh Pai in Tabla. The event also included classical vocal by Smt. Aparna Balaji and her students from Abhyaas accompanied by Sri. Pravin Sitaram in Mridangam and Smt. Smitha Krishnan in Violin. The event culminated with Bharatanatyam performance by Smt. Sapna Krishnan and her students from Lasya School of Dance.

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TED Videos on Cancer

TED Videos on Cancer

It is well known that TED ( is devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talk. Most of the lectures are focused on Technology, Entertainment and Design, and hence known as TED lectures.

We rounded up all the best TED lectures on cancer. These videos range
from innovation in cancer research, riveting stories from cancer
survivors and even ingenious approach about fighting cancer with
Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi!

There are a total of 26 videos in this collection. Checkout these powerful and informative collection!

Should you be able to patent human gene? What happened when I open-sourced my brain
Programming bacteria to detect cancer
Yes, I survived cancer. But that doesn’t define me. The Future of Early Cancer Detection A bold new way to fund drug research
A promising test for
pancreatic cancer
What doctors don’t know about the drugs they
Sometimes it’s good to give up the driver’s seat
Experiments that point to a new understanding of cancer Are we over-medicalized? Treating cancer with electric fields
Award-winning teenage science in action Color-coded surgery Open-source cancer
Fighting a contagious cancer Suddenly, my body Understanding cancer through proteomics
The council of dads A test that finds 3x more breast tumors, and why it’s not available to you The best gift I ever survived
Fighting cancer with dance Can we eat to starve
A new strategy in the war
on cancer
The potential of regenerative medicine Meet the future of cancer research