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“The News Minute” Interview of Dr. Shanta

“The News Minute” Interview of Dr. Shanta

The News Minute interviewed Dr. Shanta about her early life and her thoughts on healthcare today. This interview carries interesting insight into the early life of Dr. Shanta and also some of the rare photos of Dr. Shanta from her early years.

She talks about her family background and how she decided to go to medical school. She also talks about why she decided to pursue oncology. She discusses her initial days at the Cancer Institute. On the present state of medicine she calls out that medicine is no longer a human issue; medicine has become a business, an industry. She expresses concern that service ethos is gone and there is also no political understanding at the top that cancer needs special attention. She concludes the interview with a quip “so much to be done and so little has been done”.

You can read the full interview here. If this link does not work you can read the PDF version of the interview here.

Geethanjali (Boston)

June 16, 2018
Trottier Middle School Auditorium
49 Parkville Road
Southborough, MA 01772

Boston chapter of Cancer Institute Foundation presented Geethanjali, a tribute to Late Smt. Geetha Murali.

Audience enjoyed an evening of divine music. Vocal and instrumental music segment was performed by local music teachers and the finale will be performed by Smt. Rasika Murali.

Checkout the event flyer for details. Proceeds from the show go to treat underprivileged cancer patients in India and also in setting up Cancer Screening & Prevention Centers in every district of Tamil Nadu. Learn about this cause and donate generously!

We want to take this opportunity to thank all the artistes, volunteers, patrons and donors for your kind support.

Opening of Diamond Jubilee Buildings

Opening of Diamond Jubilee Buildings

As part of Diamond Jubilee celebrations Cancer Institute in Adayar, Chennai undertook new building infrastructure improvements.

This includes a Diamond Jubilee Building with outpatient cubicles, nuclear medicine facilities, modern blood bank, bone marrow transplant unit, ICU beds, modern operation theaters and post operative beds. Other facilities include Mahavir Ashray Palliative Care Center with quarters for doctors and nurses, a Day Care Center to provide outpatient
treatments like chemo therapy that does not require patients to stay overnight and L&T Illam for Nurses with onsite quarters for nurses.

Cancer Institute Foundation made a significant contribution towards the state of the art operation theater and the day care center. We take this opportunity to thank our donors and sponsors for your generous support.

These facilities were inaugurated on April 12, 2018 by Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi. Please check out the news coverage of the inauguration by Thanthi TV. Please also see the video of the facilities.

Pudukkottai Center Opens!

Pudukkottai Center Opens!

We are very happy to announce that the first Cancer Screening and Prevention Center is now open in Pudukkottai. Cancer Institute Foundation has fully funded this center and is raising funds for the upcoming centers in Thiruvannamalai and Namakkal. Dr. Shanta’s vision is to open these centers at every district of Tamil Nadu.

The center was opened on Monday, March 26, 2018 with a grand gala ceremony. We are glad that we were able to open the first center in Pudukkottai, the birth place of Dr. Muthulakshmi Reddy. It is a fitting tribute to her contribution in the fight against cancer as the founder of Adayar Cancer Institute.You can read about the news coverage of the opening ceremony in Times of India. If this link does not work you can read the PDF version of the news coverage here. Please also checkout the photos from the event below.

You can learn more about the project here. Please donate generously.


February 18, 2018
Dublin High School,
8151 Village Parkway,
Dublin, CA 94568

Cancer Institute Foundation staged veLLOttam (வெள்ளோட்டம்) a Tamil play by Abirami Fine Arts. The play was produced and staged by local Bay Area talents. Abirami Fine Arts has staged many successful plays including mega productions Ponniyin Selvan and Sivakamiyin Sabatham. In 2016 Abirami Fine Arts staged Sivakamiyin Sabatham for CIF as one of the key fundraiser events for the year.

The play was very well received and the audience were very appreciative of the acting, costing, music, script & direction. veLLOttam was about happy times of Pandian rulers in Madurai during Tamil Sangam period and is centered around the golden period of Nedunchezhian (நெடுஞ்செழியன்) II and Ukkirap Peruvazhuthi (உக்கிரப் பெருவழுதி). The play is written and directed by Bagirathi Seshappan, Music & Assistant Direction by Sridharan Minor and Stage Management by Venu Subramaniam.

Proceeds from this event will be used to fund operational costs of Cancer Screening Centers. Please donate generously.