Session on 'Coping with Cancer - the diagnosis of a life limiting disease and its attending issues'


Date: March 30, 2017

Venue: Classroom A-2 First Floor, Academic Building no 2 Naoroji Campus, TISS, Deonar, Mumbaim 400088

Organised by: Centre for Lifelong Learning

Objectives of the Session

  1. Brief introduction to Cancer , risk / causative factors
  2. Most common cancers in India - Prevention & Early Detection
  3. Coping with the diagnosis
  4. Care for the Caregiver

Why is it important to know as much about Cancer as possible especially today?

According to the ICMR , India is likely to have over 17.3 lakh new cases of cancer and over 8.8 lakh deaths due to the disease by 2020 with cancers of breast, lung and cervix topping the list. In its projection, the Indian Council of Medical Research said in 2016 the total number of new cancer cases is expected to be around 14.5 lakh and the figure is likely to reach nearly 17.3 lakh new cases in 2020.Over 7.36 lakh people are expected to succumb to the disease in 2016 while the figure is estimated to shoot up to 8.8 lakh by 2020. Data also revealed that only 12.5 per cent of patients come for treatment in early stages of the disease.

Cancer impacts in many direct and indirect ways , the entire community of family and friends who form the support system of the patient . Fear of the future, emotional and financial stress as well as the stigma still attached to the word Cancer are the main challenges that come in the way of not just early detection but also accessing the right treatment in time . It is important to dispel myths and misconceptions and ensure total management that looks at treatment and rehabilitation. Cancer today is treatable , curable especially if detected early and there is life after cancer . Cancer is only a word , and not a sentence . 

Structure of the Session

The session will be in the form of a slide presentation and interactive in nature to engage a multidisciplinary audience to brainstorm solutions for the existing problem at hand.

Viji Venkatesh,brings with her 30 years of professional experience in cancer patient care and support in her role as Country Head India at The MaxFoundation.

Viji began with The Max Foundation in 2001 by leading the administration of the Glivec International Patient Assistance Program (GIPAP) in India. Today, in addition to GIPAP, she has a key role in the management of the local Novartis Oncology Access Program (NOA).

Through the years, Viji has served many community leadership roles in the cancer care arena; including her time as the Asia Coordinator for the International Union against Cancer (UICC) where she developed and led symposiums, workshops and learning programs. She was also instrumental in help setting up the Preventive Oncology Department at Tata Memorial Hospital in 1991, where she has contributed to the renowned institute as an active member of its Ethics Committee.

She is also one of the Executive Committee members of the Marrow Donor Registry India and the Terry Fox India Committee. She is a Trustee of the Being Human Foundation as well as the Friends of Max Charitable Trust.

In 2009, Viji was awarded the Scroll of Honor for her outstanding contribution in the field of Social Service from the Health Minister of Bihar at the World Cancer Day Celebration in Patna, India.

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