Over the years, there has been an increase in cancer incidence the world over. Cancer has become one of the three leading causes of adult deaths in India and the team at ICF has decided to fight the problem.
ICF organises programmes all year around to spread awareness regarding cancer, cancer detection and treatment camps. Indian Institute of Head and Neck Oncology, its treatment facility works on the guiding principle of not denying treatment to a patient due to lack of funds
Prevention & Early Detection
For prevention and early detection, outreach programmes are the cornerstone of ICF’s activities. We conduct cancer awareness and detection camps with the idea of down staging cancer detection,especially in the remote rural areas.
Till date, the Indore Cancer Foundation has conducted more than 214 camps in Madhya Pradesh and the surrounding states of Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan & UP. The Foundation’s team of doctors and technicians has travelled anywhere from 10 km. to 1000 km. More than 2 50 000 individuals in the high risk group have been examined.
ICF focuses on educating the masses, the professionals, and the volunteers about cancer, its prevention, early detection and cure. We have designed a number of training programs for the same that are briefly described as follows:
- Management of Cancer Centres
- How to become a volunteer
- Palliative care training for nurses
- A 10-day Palliative Care programme for doctors
- A 3-day palliative care sanitisation programme for doctors
- A 2-day training programme on cancer detection
- 1-day training early detection training for doctors
- A 1-day palliative care awareness programme for primary health workers
Our objective while designing these programmes was to also create a pool of opinion builders who can eradicate public misconceptions regarding cancer.
Indian Institute of Head and Neck Oncology
Given the fact that head and neck cancers account for 30% of the cancer burden in India, an important focus of the ICF activities is the development of IIHNO, a proposed national center for mouth and throat cancers on the 10 acres of land given by the state government of Madhya Pradesh. The land is situated in Pigdamber which is 15 kms away from Indore.
IIHNO started on 15.08.1995 as a radiotherapy facility with a second hand Eldorado 78 tele cobalt unit gifted by Nargis Dutt Memorial Foundation, Ottawa-Hull, Canada.
From 15.08.1995 to 28.2.1999, all the patients were treated free of cost. From March 1, 1999, it was decided to start a graded system of charges from completely free treatment for poor patients to full charges for the patients who can afford it. We try to ensure that a patient is not denied treatment because they do not have necessary funds. So far, radiotherapy has been offered to more than 5770 patients.
As of 30.06.2017, radiotherapy has been offered to more than
6079 patients, of which 1368 were given completely free treatment
and partial charity was offered to 1640 patients.
Since 1994, ICF has been organising programs to create awareness on the need and scope of palliative care and to train medical personnel. On 15th August 2013, a hospice and palliative care training center, ‘Kripalaya’ started at IIHNO.