Indore Cancer Foundation Charitable Trust

Who We Are

The Indore Cancer Foundation Public Charitable Trust (ICF) was launched on December 27, 1988, in the presence of Dr. Jatin P. Shah, Professor and Chief, Head and Neck Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York; Late Mr. Sunil Dutt, former M.P. from Mumbai; Mr. Surendra Wadhwani, Hong Kong; and prominent citizens of Indore.

What is ICF?.

The Indore Cancer Foundation is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation working in the field of cancer in central India. It was set up in December 1988 by Dr. Digpal Dharkar.

Over the years, there has been an increase in cancer incidence the world over. It is estimated that in India, there are nearly 11 00 000 new cancer cases every year, of which 40% are mouth and throat cancers. About 60% of the patients come for treatment when their cancer is in the advanced stage, i.e. when chances of cure are much lower. Cancer has become one of the three leading causes of death in India.

A combination of factors is responsible for a majority coming for medical assistance when their cancer is in an advanced stage:

  • Inadequate awareness of the early signs of cancer
  • Inadequate awareness of cancer prevention strategies
  • Fear associated with cancer. Sometimes even when a person is aware that something is wrong s/he avoids seeking qualified medical assistance
  • Patients lack the wherewithal to travel to a centre that offers early detection and appropriate treatment facilities
  • The grass root level medical personnel are normally not trained to detect cancer, especially in the early stages

The Foundation, a registered public charitable trust under statutory rules of the state government of Madhya Pradesh Public Trust Act, 1951, was settled on November 14th, 1989, by Ms. Usha Devi Holkar, ex-ruler of Indore and her husband Mr. Satish Chandra Malhotra, Chairman, Empire Industries, Mumbai.

Some of the significant objectives of our organization include public education; medical education; programmes in line with the National Cancer Control Programme/national perspective; setting up a state-of-the-art institute, the first of its kind in the world, focusing on the commonest cancers in adult Indian men, the head & neck cancers; work on preventive strategies, diagnostic programmes, and clinical & basic research; and offer palliative care to those beyond cure.

In June 1997, we had the opportunity to make an exclusive audio-visual presentation on the Institute to the then President of the Republic of India, the late Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma who is on record for lauding the work of our Institute. It was, indeed, a red letter day for our nascent Institute.

The highest decision making body of the Foundation is the Board of Permanent Trustees, which is the legal owner of its movable and immovable assets. On the Board are eminent personalities of international repute.

The Board of Working Trustees was re-constituted for a 3-year period w.e.f. July 2014.

Volunteers at our Awards function, organized to recognize their support to our activities.

All that we have achieved thus far, we owe to the synergy of the tireless efforts and collective wisdom of all those involved, our partners in progress. However, there is much that still needs to be done.