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 is dedicated 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.
The Indian Institute of Head and Neck Oncology, a flagship project of ICF, was set up in 1995 and it is gradually developing infra-structural facilities for the treatment of cancer patients. Currently, at the institute, cancer patients are offered radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment. The institute also has a hospice for the care of terminally ill cancer patients, a dharamshala, wards for post-operative care and some diagnostic facilities. Radiotherapy has been offered to 6 471 patients of whom 1404 were given completely free treatment and partial charity was offered to 1833 patients. Some landmark events that we would like to share:
- accreditation from the National Accreditation Board for Hospitals and Healthcare Providers, and
- the setting up of a hospital based cancer registry that as a first ever, will also record the cost of treatment incurred by patients
- empanelment under Ayushman Bharat Yojana (Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana)
Cancer surgery is performed off campus, as the institute still does not have an operation theatre complex, and since the year 2000 till 2018 more than 3 129 free cancer surgeries have been performed.
Over the last 29 years, another important focus of our activities has been the organization of outreach programmes, especially in the rural and far flung areas of the region. We have held more than 214 free cancer camps in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan & Uttar Pradesh and examined more than 2 50 000 people in the high risk group, organised more than 220 cancer awareness programmes and more than 200 training programmes on early detection and palliative care for medical personnel, especially for doctors, nurses and paramedical staff of the government health delivery system, the most extensive health services within the reach of the poorest of the poor in the remote areas of the country.