Indore Cancer Foundation Charitable Trust

Milestones

1988
1988

Indore Cancer Foundation launched. Chief Guests were late Shri Sunil Dutt & Dr. Jatin P Shah.

1989
1989
  • Cancer detection and awareness camps in rural areas started
  • First training programme organised.
  • Trust settled by former Her Highness, Mrs. Ushadevi Holkar, and her husband Mr. Satish Chandra Malhotra.
1990
1990
  • International visitors: 1st visit by Dr. Jan Stjernsward, Chief, Cancer Unit, WHO.
  • Foundation registered under the Madhya Pradesh Public Trust Act 1951.
1991
1991
  • Following discussions with Shri Sunil Dutt in Mumbai, Nargis Dutt Memorial Foundation, Ottawa Hull, Canada gifts a telecobalt machine, the Eldorado 78. It came with a radiation source. The safely packed unit was stored in Shri Satyanarayen Khandelwal’s industrial premises as the institute was still not ready.
  • Government of the state of Madhya Pradesh gives 10 acres of land to set up the Indian Institute of Head & Neck Oncology.
1992
1992

The head and neck cancer centre included in the 7th Indo-French Joint Commission on Scientific and Technical Cooperation, Article 10, thanks to the support of Late Shri Amarnath Verma, the then Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister of India

1993
1993

WHO supported ‘Community oral cancer control and prevention’ project initiated.
1st Indo-French workshop held by Dr. Jacques Brugere, Institut Curie & Dr. Guy Schwaab, Institut Gustave Roussy.

1994
1994

Scientific data of the WHO project approved for presentation and presented at the 16th International Cancer Congress (UICC) in New Delhi, India.

AusAID (Australian grant) received for the organisation of cancer detection and awareness camps in rural areas.

Presentation on ICF to the then Hon’ble Vice President of India, Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma. Also Dr. Govind Sharma’s book on cancer, written in Hindi, was also released by the Hon’ble Vice President.

1995
1995

The Government of India approves the appointment of the Union Revenue Secretary, Shri MR Sivaraman, IAS, as Chairman, Governing Council of the Indian Institute of Head and Neck Oncology.
Indian Institute of Head and Neck Oncology starts totally free radiotherapy treatment.
WHO funded project “ Incidence of cancer pain in rural areas” starts.

The Vatsala & Narayan Bhouraskar Public Charitable Trust gives the use of its bungalow at Jhaveri Colony, Indore, for the activities of the Foundation courtesy the kind intervention of Shri CR Bhouraskar.

AUSAID gifts Mobile Cancer Pain Relief Van.

1996
1996

Prof. SK Mukherjee Memorial Oration instituted. Prof. Francois Demard, Director, Centre Antoine Lacassagne, Nice, France, delivers the 1st Oration.

Ministry of Health, Government of India, gives grant for the organisation of cancer detection and education activities under its National Cancer Control Programme.

Construction of the IDBI rehabilitation center and the Japanese oral cancer prevention center started.

State Bank of India gave a donation of Rs. 15 25 000/- for the purchase of a new radiation source for radiotherapy unit donated by the Nargis Dutt Foundation, Ottawa-Hull, Canada.

Poster presentation on “cancer pain and its psycho-social impact” at the World Psychiatry Congress, Madrid, Spain.

1997
1997

President of the Republic of India, the late Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma is apprised of the activities of the Indore Cancer Foundation through an exclusive audio-visual presentation. The President wishes this project good luck.

The 2nd Prof. SK Mukherjee Memorial Oration delivered by Dr. Bhadrasain Vikram, Professor and Chairman, Radiation Oncologist-in-Chief, Montefiore Medical Center, the Albert Einstein Cancer Center, New York.

1st visit by Dr. Robert Twycross, Macmillan Clinical Reader in Palliative Medicine, Oxford University.
Indore Mastectomy Club started.

1998
1998

Third AUSAID support – for a pilot project “ Development of a district based model for the palliative care of terminally ill cancer patients”.
Visit to Institute by the French Ambassador, Mr. Claude Blanchemaison.

The 3rd Prof. SK Mukherjee Memorial Oration delivered by Dr. Robert Twycross, Macmillan Clinical Reader in Palliative Medicine, Oxford University & Director, Oxford International Centre for Palliative Care, UK.

Laryngectomy club started.

The Sau Indirabai Holkar Public Charitable Trust gifts a Maruti Omni ambulance.

1999
1999

The Institute starts a graded charges system.

AUSAID funded project on the ‘development of a district based model for Palliative Care’ successfully completed.

The 4th Prof. SK Mukherjee Memorial Oration delivered by Mr. VS Mahesh, Course Director (Service Management) in the School of Business, UK.

2000
2000

First surgical camp held at the Jhabua district hospital by a multi-specialty surgical team, with the support of district administration.

The 5th Prof. SK Mukherjee Memorial Oration delivered by Dr. KA Dinshaw, Director, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai.

Dharamshala constructed by Lions Club Mahanagar Indore becomes operational.

2001
2001

The State Bank of Indore gifts a sonography machine. A team of 3 radiologists, Drs. Anil Karnik, Shivram & Hemant Karmalkar our expert volunteers helped get the best possible unit within available resources.

MOU signed with the Oxford International Centre for Palliative Care.

2002
2002

Hon. Union Minister of State, Mrs. Vasundhara Raje inaugurates the IDBI Rehabilitation Centre.

Started: the tradition of formally acknowledging and thanking individuals and organizations (who range from primary health workers to ward attendants to nurses & doctors to district administration officials) for their support to the Foundation. The acknowledgement could be in the form of conferring the Honorary Membership of the Foundation, or the presentation of the Roll of Honor or Certificate of Appreciation.

The rural outreach activities of the Foundation appreciated by the state government of Madhya Pradesh at a function in district Sehore.

Tragic loss: The Foundation loses one of its most dedicated doctors, radiotherapist Dr. Shrikant Shastri, in a road accident while the ICF team was returning after the completion of another camp.

3 others (Drs. Tushar Phulambrikar & Ashok Kekre and Mr. Umesh Sharma) were injured.

Successful conduct of a WHO funded palliative care sensitization programme for doctors from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan & Gujarat.

Enhancement of our patient support group activities with the setting up of the Breast Cancer Support Group.

2003
2003

The family of late Shri Arvind Mungre gives a donation in his memory.

Dr. KA Dinshaw, Director, Tata Memorial Centre on a 3-day visit to review our outreach activities. She loved participating in the district awareness activities

2004
2004

Successful conduct of 2 WHO funded palliative care sensitization programmes for doctors from Rajasthan and Chattisgarh at Jaipur and Raipur.

2005
2005

Training in early detection of cancer imparted to approximately 611 doctors and paramedical staff of the government district health set up.
Some donations received:

State Bank of India – a cheque of Rs. Twenty two lakh sixty two thousand only (Rs. 22 62 000/-) towards the purchase of a new source for our cobalt machine.

Bhaskar Exxoils ltd. – a cheque of Rs. Eight lakh seventy five thousand only (Rs. 8 75 000/-) for the purchase of equipment at our Institute of Head & Neck Oncology.

Shri Sohanlal Sanghi Charitable Trust – a cheque of Rs. Five lakh only (Rs. 5 00 000/-).

Maharashtra Foundation, New York/Mumbai – cheques totaling Rs. One lakh sixty six thousand six hundred and thirty two only (Rs. 1 66 632/-).

Smt. Gigibai Sitaram Deora Rural Development & Research Foundation – a cheque of Rs. One lakh fifty one thousand only (Rs. 1 51 000/-).

The family of Late Smt. Indumati Kulkarni – a cheque of Rupees Fifty thousand only (Rs. 50 000/-), this is the fourth consecutive year that they have made a donation.

2006
2006
  • 5 diagnostic camps held: Budhni (610 patients seen, 37 advised to come to Indore for further investigations/treatment), Nasrullahganj (251 patients seen, 23 advised to come to Indore for further investigation/treatment), Guna (601 patients seen, 53 advised to come to Indore for further investigations/treatment), Vidisha (30 patients seen, 11 advised to come to Indore for further investigation/treatment), again in Guna (320 patients seen, 30 advised to undergo further investigation/treatment)
  • Training programmes on early detection of cancer were conducted for doctors and paramedical staff in Guna (68 doctors participated), Vidisha (70 doctors participated).
  • Awareness programmes held in: Guna (attended by general practioners, elected representatives of panchayats, members of the local chapter of Indian Medical Association, members of the press and members of the GAIL Officers’ Club) Chhindwara (attended by the local chapter of Indian Medical Association), Dewas (attended by ANMs), Indore (supervisors of the Women & Child Welfare Department, Madhya Pradesh Government, members of women’s clubs, students at the Barli Development Institute for Rural Women).
  • Diagnostic & surgery camp in Chhindwara, 350 patients examined and 27 minor and major surgeries performed.
  • The Rotary Club of Indore North (RI-Dist-3040) & Rotary Club of Seoul Poukak (Korea) (RI-Dist-3650) donated an ambulance cum patient carrier under the Matching Grant Program of the Rotary Foundation Year – 2006.
  • The Breast Cancer Support Group held its 6 meetings of the year. A positive trend observed in 2006 was the increase in the average number of participants at each meeting. The work of the group is now managed by 2 new coordinators: Mrs. Sunita Gupte, a counselor and daughter-in-law of a support group member; and Mrs. Renuka Tare, a lecturer who has received treatment for breast cancer.
  • Received recognition from the state government of Madhya Pradesh under its Rajya Bimari Sahayata Nidhi. We can now offer cancer treatment to state government employees and their families. The state government will also reimburse us for treating BPL (Below the Poverty Line) cancer patients.
2007
2007
  • A grant-in-aid of Rupees One crore twenty five lakh only (Rs. 1 25 00 000/-) was given by the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India for the purchase of a Bhabhatron II radiotherapy cobalt unit, thanks to the supportive hand of late Dr. KA Dinshaw, Mumbai.
  • 4 detection camps held in: Ambikapur, Chattisgarh (50 patients examined), Sehore and Guna (120 patients examined),
  • Awareness programmes held: in Ambikapur (attended by members of the local chapter of Indian Medical Association), Guna (attended by the members of the local chapter of Indian Medical Association).
  • A workshop organized for doctors from Indore. Dr. R. Gopal, a Senior Medical Oncologist from Mumbai, addressed the doctors. During his visit, Dr. Gopal also offered his advice to select chemotherapy patients.
  • 60 student participants at the Round Square conference organized by Daly College, visited the institute to get first hand information on the work being done by the Foundation and to interact with some of the patients.
  • The highlight of the Breast Cancer Support Group activities was the 8 day yoga shivir. One of the meetings that was converted into a day long affair turned out to be a huge success.
2008
2008
  • The Bhabhatron II machine acquired through a grant from the Department of Atomic Energy, Government of India commissioned and started treating patients from 23.08.2008.
  • 5 camps (in Chhindwara, Chhatarpur, Neemuch, Shamgarh & Mandsaur), both diagnostic and surgical were organized. 387 patients were examined and given required treatment & advice.
  • Training programmes on early detection of cancer were conducted for doctors and paramedical staff in Chhindwara, Chhatarpur and Mandsaur.
  • The Breast Cancer Support Group meetings were held as per schedule, a picnic was organized on one of the occasions.
2009
2009
  • The President of India, Her Excellency Smt. Pratibha Patil presented a citation to Dr. Digpal Dharkar at the Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, in recognition of his guidance and support to the Amravati Cancer Foundation. The Amravati Cancer Foundation, affiliated to the Indore Cancer Foundation, was started by Dr. Rajinder Singh Arora.
  • The 7th anniversary of the Breast Cancer Support Group was celebrated on 2nd October 2009. Though October 2, 2009 was not a Sunday, it was decided to hold the programme on that day because the support group was started on 2nd October 2002. Being an anniversary celebration, those being treated for other cancers were invited. About 50 patients and their families attended the programme that was conducted by Ms. Renuka Tarey & Ms. Mitali Gokhale. The two keynote speakers, each a force to reckon with, covered different aspects of patients’ biosphere. The first, Mrs. Chaya Matange, a musician who underwent treatment for ovarian cancer, spoke of the beneficial effect of music during treatment, helping instill tranquility, especially chemotherapy. She explained that music and its notes convey inner strength and can help augment one’s capacity to face any odds in life. The second, Mr. Vivek Hirde, who has been treated for cancer larynx, spoke on the importance of positive energy in life, any life and not just for a life with cancer. He shared his conviction that each cancer patient must become a role model for those others who will eventually follow so that they find the path illuminated by positive thinking. Dr. Tushar Phulambrikar, a working trustee of the Foundation, said that medical insurance is possible after a cancer diagnosis, and reimbursement can be claimed after three years of starting a policy. Unfortunately, not much of an effort is being made to make more and more cancer patients, without medical insurance, aware of this policy. Dr. Phulambrikar asked patients to doggedly pursue this option. Finally, there was also a live demonstration of wig making by Mr. Soni. The anniversary was also an opportunity to introspect and the outcome was the decision to change the format of BCSG. Henceforth, meetings will not be organized at fixed intervals, in short it will have a free flowing format and periodicity.
  • 2 cancer detection camps (in Manasa & Mandsaur) were organized in which approximately 182 individuals in the high risk group were examined.
  • Cancer awareness programmes were also held in Manasa & Mandsaur and these were attended by about 180 from the general public and medical fraternity.
  • In February we invited 3 senior oncologists (1 medical oncologist – Dr. R. Gopal and 2 radiation oncologists – Dr. Nagraj Huilgol, both from Mumbai & Dr. BM Sood, from the US) to take stock of our work in their fields and give valuable tips on improving on the same. Dr. BM Sood also visited the government cancer hospital, attached to the local medical college, and gave hands on tips for brachytherapy planning.
  • In June we started a separate kitchen facility for the dharamshala residents. It is a small unit right next to the dharamshala where the inmates can do their daily cooking without creating any fire and cooking gas hazard for the other inmates.
2010
2010
  • Instrument of merger of Vatsala & Narayan Bhouraskar Public Charitable Trust with Indore Cancer Foundation signed.
  • Support received from: “Being Human” – the Salman Khan Foundation through the kind courtesy of Ms. Bhanu Rashid, the Padma-Keshav Charitable Trust courtesy Mr. PK Haryani, the Prestige Group courtesy Mr. Nemnathji Jain. Our linear accelerator centre was the sole project of the Annual benefit gala of the Nargis Dutt Memorial Foundation, New York.
  • On her 1st visit to our institute, Ms. Priya Dutt, Member of Parliament from Mumbai, formally inaugurated our Department of Atomic Energy gifted Bhabhatron II, radiotherapy unit.
  • Mr. Jyotiraditya Scindia, Union Minister of State, Commerce and Industry, laid the foundation stone for the advanced centre for radiation oncology, an extension of our radiotherapy set up.
  • New Facilities started: in-patients’ wards and a minor Operation Theatre. Both equipped with the support of the Steel Authority of India (SAIL)
  • A very active year as regards our awareness and medical education activities are concerned. More than 35 programmes were held, this included 15 000 students in 25 government schools over a 4 month period.
  • A ‘Shradhanjali Sthal’ created on the campus, where a banyan tree was planted so that future generations, patients and their relatives, can pay homage to those who have helped build the Foundation. Eventually, when the trust has the necessary funds, an amphitheatre would be constructed around the banyan tree.
  • 22nd Foundation Day celebrations started with Drs. Gopal & Nagraj reviewing the treatment being offered to patients. In the evening the formal celebration was held with a Long Service Award given to Mr. Umesh Sharma for completing 15 years of service at the institute, release by Dr. Gopal of the Hindi version of ‘Chemotherapy & You’ a patient support book, presentations by IIM Indore students on the project reports prepared by them, followed by dinner for ICF volunteers and employees.
2011
2011
  • Support received from His Excellency, the Governor of Madhya Pradesh, from the children of Mr. & Mrs. TS Chandran, Nargis Dutt Memorial Foundations New York & Austin, department of Atomic Energy. Donations were also received through the efforts of Mr. Mahendra Sethia and Mr. Kirti Sikka
  • During her 2nd visit to the institute, Ms. Priya Dutt, Member of Parliament from Mumbai, presented award to volunteers in recognition of their contributions to the work of the Foundation.
  • The 1st certificate course on the Management of Cancer Centers held at the Prestige Institute of Management & Research.
  • 23rd Foundation Day celebrated. Honorary Membership was conferred on Drs. Gopal and Nagraj Huilgol for their unstinted support for our activities. The Hindi patient support book ‘Radiotherapy & You’ was released. Certificates were distributed to participants of the certificate course on the Management of Cancer Centres.
  • Nargis Dutt Memorial Foundation, New York, confers the Lifetime Service Achievement Award on Dr. Digpal Dharkar.
  • Construction of the hospice started.
2012
2012
  • A very successful breast cancer camp held in Ujjain division with the training, awareness and screening activities spread over a 6-week period, culminating in 41 breast cancer surgeries in Ujjain.
  • Successful conduct of the 7th Biennial Conference of Indian Association of Hyperthermia Oncology and Medicine, Indore, India.
  • 2nd Certificate Course on the Management of Cancer Centers.
  • Other programmes held: 2-day palliative care training for nurses by Dr. MR Rajagopal, Surgical Update for histo-pathologists by Dr. Anita Borges, Role of Nutrition in Cancer by Ms. Anjali Nair, cancer volunteers’ training, awareness programme in MHOW organised by Swayam Jyoti.
  • Students of Emerald Heights International School donated the profits made from running a food stall during an event tat their school.
  • ECCO van donated in the memory of Mrs. Bharti Padgaonkar.
  • 27th of December marked the completion of 24 years of service of the Indore Cancer Foundation. The day was celebrated at its Indian Institute of Head and Neck Oncology. Mrs. Lina Parasuram was the Chief Guest and Mr. Prabhat Parashar, Commissioner of Indore was the Guest of Honor. Mrs. Pushpa Rubin and Mr. Motilal Rubin were felicitated on completing 15 years of services at the institute. The Hindi translation of the support book for breast cancer patients released. The function was followed by a dinner and concluded with a brilliant display of fire works.
  • Recognised by CAFAmerica to receive funds through them.
2013
2013
  • Commissioning of Siddharth III started by scientists of SAMEER.
  • Cancer surgery camp in Bhopal division where 8 major and 16 minor challenging cancer surgeries were performed.
  • Cancer screening camp in Rewa division where 473 patients were examined in of which 80 were clinically positive for cancer.
  • Cancer awareness and detection camp in Kala Pipal, district Bhopal
  • Kamlaben and Raojibhai Patel Family Foundation Inc, New Jersey, USA donated US $50,000
  • Hotel Shreemaya offers to keep donation boxes for the Foundation, incidentally a 1st such fund raising effort of the Foundation
  • Hospice and palliative care centre ‘Kirpalaya’ started
  • The students of Emerald Heights International School, Indore, and 8 celebrated artists of MARM came together to help the poor cancer patients at our Indian Institute of Head and Neck Oncology.
  • The group ‘Passionate Photographers’ donates its photographs to the hospice. They also hold an exhibition of their work and donate the proceeds to ICF
2014
2014
  • Siddharth III linear accelerator gifted by the Department of Electornics & Information Technology, Government of India, started treating patients. The centre was inaugurated by Mrs. Sumitra Mahajan, Hon’ble Speaker of the Lok Sabha in the presence of Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Hon’ble Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Government of India; and Dr. Narottam Mishra, the Hon’ble Minister for Health, state government of Madhya Pradesh.
  • On the initiative of Mr. Akash Tripathi, Indore Collector, a district wide cancer screening and treatment programme initiated with the Foundation providing technical support, with the focus on cancers with the highest incidence rates in India.
  • A mini marathon, led by Major DP Singh (Retd.), a Kargil War Veteran and India’s first blade runner, was organised by the students of Emerald Heights International School with the objective of creating awareness about cancer and the work being done by the Foundation.
  • The Indian Institute of Head and Neck Oncology empanelled under the MP Police Health Security Scheme.
  • The 3rd national seminar on ‘Management of Cancer Centers’ was held on 31st January and 1st February 2014, in collaboration with the Institute of Management Studies, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Indore.
  • Another active year vis-à-vis our cancer awareness generation activities with nukkad nataks staged at Lal Bagh & the Rajwada and talks organised at Shri Satya Sai Vidya Vihar, Lotus Electronics Supermarket, Queens’ College, Indore Institute of Management and Research, Sigma Chemicals Ltd., the Catholic Diocese, St. Paul Higher Secondary School, Sanyogita Ganj Government Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Maseeh School, Shri Siddhi Vinayak Vidya Mandir.
2018
Until 2018

3rd support from State Bank of India under their CSR programme received for the purchase of a mammography machine
Indore Cancer Foundation Charitable Trust
Account no. 53042786115
State Bank of India
1, Prince Yeshwant Road
Indore, Madhya Pradesh, 452004
SBININBB691 (SWIFT CODE)

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