He lead the establishment of the 1st integrated cancer center in the city namely the Budhrani Cancer Institute, at the Inlaks and Budhrani Hospital, Pune. He then helped set up 2 more reputed cancer centers as the Director of Ruby Hall Clinic Cancer Centerand Cancer Clinic and Research Center at Jehangir Hospital in Pune.
He has done the largest number of breast surgeries in the country; he has performed more than 2000 breast surgeries till date inclusive of more than 700 oncoplastic surgeries, above 200 breast reconstructions and above 750 sentinal node excisions.
He has established the only stand alone breast cancer center of affordable excellence in India- Orchids Breast Health Center. Orchids boasts of unparalleled facilities such as Full Field Digital Mammography with 3D Tomosynthesis, Automated Breast Volume Scanner (ABVS), a 10 lounger chemotherapy day care, an oncopharmacy section, top oncologists and radiologists.
Dr. Koppiker is a pioneer of Oncoplastic Breast Surgery with Immediate Breast Reconstructive Surgery. This is the gold standard of treatment of breast cancer. This type of surgery involves immediate reconstruction of breasts as soon as the cancer is removed, by using the patient’s own fat tissue or implants like silica to restore the breasts. These new breasts provide a natural feel, are perky and are flexible with respect to size of the breasts. The reconstruction takes a very short time, is done immediately after the diseased breast is removed, with the same anesthesia and in a single sitting. This is an established international practice and Dr. Koppiker has been in the forefront to normalise this standard of treatment in India.
Dr. Chaitanyanand B. Koppiker
Pune, India | 09822674040 | email@example.com
Medical Director, Orchids Breast Health Clinic, Pune
Founding Medical Director and Managing Trustee, Prashanti Cancer Care Mission, Pune
Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of East Anglia, UK
Regional Convenor (South Asia), University of East Anglia, Masters in Breast Oncoplasty
Program, Norwich, UK
Director, Prashanti Medical Research and Foundation, Pune
Consulting Breast Surgeon, Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune
Consulting Oncosurgeon, Jehangir Hospital and Research Center, Pune
Consulting Breast Surgeon, Hinduja Healthcare Surgical, Mumbai
Visiting Faculty Member to University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
Founder, International School of Oncoplastic Surgery, Pune
Faculty to the School Of Oncoplastic surgery Dallas US
Consultant, advisor and trainer for breast reconstruction to ‘MENTOR’- a division of
Johnson and Johnson Medical
Visiting Faculty to American Association of Breast Disease Oncoplasty Workshop
Chief Oncosurgeon and Head of Oncology Department, Jehangir Hospital, Pune
Director, Ruby Hall Cancer Center, Pune
Consulting Oncosurgeon and Head of Oncology Department, Inlaks & Budhrani Hospital,
Consulting Oncosurgeon, Inlaks & Budhrani Hospital, Pune
Consultant for Vacuum Assisted Biopsy (VAB), BARD
Regional Director and Faculty Member, Mastership Program, East Anglia University, United Kingdom
Guest Speaker and Member, American Society of Breast Diseases
Affiliate Member, Societe International De Senologie (SIS), France
Lifetime Member, Indian Medical Association
Member, Association of Surgeons of India
First in India to perform Bilateral Mastectomy with Immediate Reconstruction for BRCA positive patients as prophylactic surgeries.
Have conducted more than 5000 surgeries with over 2000 oncoplastic surgeries, 300 breast reconstructions and 150 therapeutic mammoplasties.
Achieved a rate of 85% reconstruction in patients needing mastectomy, one of the highest in the world (best rate in the world is around 30-40%)
Established Prashanti Cancer Care Mission along with social workers and cancer survivors in 1996. The mission serves needs of over 5000 cancer patients annually. Spearheaded the screening program ‘Project SHODH’ that provides a 3-Tier solution to identify Breast and Cervical Cancer among thousands of women residing in and around the city of Pune, India. Through this project, more than 60000 women were sensitised and 6500 women were screened.
Established a state-of-the-art Breast clinic- Orchids Breast Health Clinic in Pune, India. The clinic is reputed as being the only one of its kind in Pune which provides effective diagnostic solutions including Digital Mammography with 3D Tomosynthesis and Automated Breast Volume Scanner (ABVS). The ABVS facility is one of the first in the country and helps in cancer detection in younger patients (<50 years old). It also has pioneered the use of the Vacume Assisted Biopsy Device (VAB) since the last 10 years. One of the first in the country to use it and train several radiologists and surgeons throughout India
Established one-of-a-kind Risk Reduction and Genetic Clinic at Orchids Breast Health Centre, Pune
Organised over 13 workshops in the mast8 years with delegate participation of over 3500.
Brought 1st Integrated Cancer Care to Pune by establishing Cancer Facility at Inlaks and Budhrani Hospital, Pune (1993)
Established the first Mammography centre and a comprehensive Breast Unit which did the first Breast Conservation Surgery in Pune (1993)
Established the First Intra-operative Radiation facility in the state of Maharashtra, India
Helped in setting up Cancer Facility at two more hospitals in Pune- Jehangir Hospital in 2002 and Ruby Hall Clinic in 2005
Established Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Inlaks & Budhrani Hospital in 1996 only the third facility in India of the time.
Surgical Expertise and Innovations
(Breast Diagnostics and Oncoplastic Surgery)
Pioneered the concept of ‘single stage immediate breast reconstruction with expandable prosthesis’ in India. Have done more than 300 such surgeries till date
Incorporated all cosmetic breast surgical procedures in practice to the benefit of breast cancer patients and developed proficiency in procedures such as breast reduction, breast augmentation and nipple-areola reconstruction. Have done more than 2000 such surgeries till date
First in India to introduce procedures such as Breast Conserving Surgery, Oncoplastic Surgery, Sentinel Node Biopsy, Mammotome, Vacuum Assisted Biopsy, etc.
Performed and established protocol for conservative breast cancer surgeries since 1994; was the first in Pune and one of the first pioneers in the country to adopt this procedure
One of the first surgeons to perform Sentinel Node Biopsy in the country
Established procedures for management of non-palpable lesions of breast for the first time in 1995, again one of the pioneers to adopt the procedures
Performed more than 5000 breast surgeries till date inclusive of more than 2000 oncoplastic surgeries, above 300 breast reconstructions & above over a 1000 sentinal node excisions
Provided personal one-to-one training to plastic surgeons and breast surgeons in India
(Areas other than Breast Surgery)
Pioneered several surgical procedures in 1990’s such as Liver Cryotherapy, Radiofrequency Ablation(RFA) and Hepatic artery catheterization for liver tumors. Was the only surgeon in India to do Cryosurgery.
First in India to establish vascular access team using long-term venous access techniques in 1994. Conducted numerous workshops in India on the same
Established with fellow radiotherapists ‘Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation Protocol’, one of the first such programs in India presented at RSNA, Chicago
Performed several low anterior resections on liver and conducted multiple workshops on Stapler Surgery
Been a principal investigator in several international trials (kindly check the attached annexure)
Times Of India award as “Health Icon” for Pune for excellence in Breast Care
Recognition of Breast Research Unit at Orchids Breast Health Centre by Council
of Scientific and Industrial Research, Government of India
Citadel Honor for outstanding contribution in the field of medicine in Pune, India
Rotary Citations for Excellence in Breast Cancer diagnosis and treatment
Nominated as one of the ten citizens in Pune for the title ‘PUNE HEROES’ by Pune
Mirror, a leading newspaper by Times Group
Remarkable achievement award by the Lavasa city for social work
Citation from Kanara Saraswat Association, Bombay for exemplary community service
Citadel Honours for ‘Outstanding contribution in the field of Medicine in Pune City’
Masters in Surgery (M.S.) – B.J. Medical College, Pune, India
Fellowship in Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai
Fellowship in Breast Oncology, St. George Hospital, Sydney
Fellowship in Liver and Breast Oncology, St. George Hospital, Sydney
Fellowship in Breast Oncoplastic Surgery, Marien Hospital Cancer Centre, Dusseldorf, Germany under Prof. Audretsch
Fellowship in Breast USG and Mammotome, Seoul, South Korea
Visiting Surgical Fellowship at Chelmsford Plastic Surgery Unit with Prof. Ramakrishnan
Evaluating the Performance of an Advanced Breast Cancer Diagnosis Unit in India
Jolene Baptist, Santosh Dixit, Laleh Busheri, Lakshmi Krishnan, Rashmi Alhat, Beenu Verghese, Chaitanyanand Koppiker. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, Year: 2017, Volume : 8, Issue : 4, 598-604
Performance of CBE and Mammography for Breast Cancer Screening in Indian Setup
Manali Jadhav, Lakshmi Krishnan, Santosh Dixit, Sammita Jadhav, Amol Gaikwad, Laleh Busheri, Beenu Verghese, Abhijeet Patil, Chaitanyanand Koppiker. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, Year: 2017, Volume : 8, Issue : 4, 700-707
Smeeta Nare, Santosh Dixit, Beenu Verghese, Lakshmi Krishnan, Laleh Busheri, Chetan Deshmukh, Chaitanyanand Koppiker. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, Year: 2017, Volume : 8, Issue : 4, 1031-1040
Lakshmi Krishnan, Anita Bapat, Reshma Sakhilkar, Sachin Raje, Amol Gaikwad, Laleh Busheri, Santosh Dixit, C B Koppiker. Indian Journal of Public Health Research & Development, Year: 2017, Volume : 8, Issue : 4, 547-553
Patient-Reported Outcomes Following Breast Reconstruction Surgery and Therapeutic Mammoplasty: Prospective Evaluation 1 Year Post-Surgery with BREAST-Q Questionnaire
A phase 2 study of sequential neoadjuvant chemotherapy with gemcitabine and doxorubicin followed by gemcitabine and cisplatin in patients with large or locally advanced operable breast cancer: results from long-term follow-up. Julka PK, Chacko RT, Nag S, Parshad R, Nair A, Koppiker CB, Xue FC, Barraclough H, Dhindsa N, Seth A, Majumdar A, Puri T, Breast Cancer, Year:2013 Oct;20(4):357-62.
Stem and progenitor-like cells contribute to the aggressive behavior of human epithelial ovarian.
Julka PK, Chacko RT, Nag S, Parshad R, Nair A, Oh DS, Hu Z, Koppiker CB, Nair S, Dawar R, Dhindsa N, Miller ID, Ma D, Lin B, Awasthy B, Perou CM, Br J Cancer. 2008 Apr 22;98(8):1327-35.
|Medico-social interventions to reduce Breast Cancer Incidence and Mortality in Pune city||Role: PI|
Surgical outcomes of all the reconstructions done till date and the protective effect of the
Sling surgery for reconstruction against radiotherapy
Surgical outcomes of the various Oncoplastic surgeries done till date with its effect in QOL
as well as efficacy
|Genetic analysis of Breast Cancer in Indian BC patients||Role: PI|
Novel herbal formulation as therapeutic adjuvants in cancer chemotherapy and
|Psycho-oncology studies on Indian women undergoing Breast Oncoplastic Surgery||Role: PI|
|Development of novel polymer-coated breast implants||Role: Co-PI|
International and National Conference/ Workshops
Keynote Speaker for MS in Oncoplastic Surgery Part 2 course conducted at the James-Paget Hospital organised by University of East Angila, U.K. Addressed on Implant Dermal Sling Reconstruction
Faculty and speaker at the School of Oncoplastic surgery workshop at Dallas – Spoke on my experiences in Oncoplasty towards development of an Oncoplastic Mastership Program.
Spoke at the faculty Meeting of the East Anglia University
Faculty and speaker at the Annual conference organized by the Rajeev Gandhi Institute Delhi.
Performed a live surgery- reconstruction in the above conference
Faculty and speaker at the ASOMACON organized by NCI India, AIIMS and Safdarjung hospital
Live surgical demonstration at the ASOMACON 2017
Faculty at the 9th UAE Cancer Congress 2017 Held in Dubai 2017
Faculty at the JIC (Joint International Conference) organised by the Gujarat State Surgeon Association and the Gujarat State Chapter of ASI
Poster presentation on ‘Immediate Breast Reconstruction Surgery Using Implants and Autologous Lower Dermal Sling Procedure May Mitigate Radiation Therapy Complications’, 15th St. Gallen’s International Breast Cancer Conference 2017, Vienna
Organiser, International Symposium on Breast Cancer Research in collaboration with Markey cancer Centre, University of Kentucky, USA
Organiser, Workshop on Cancer Immunotherapy, Pune
Faculty and Organizer of the 3rd Indo U.K workshop on Oncoplastic Surgery of the International School of Oncoplastic Surgery, Pune, India
Organiser, Workshop on Clinical Research and Medical Regulations, Pune
UAE Cancer Congress organized by Government of Dubai and Dubai Health Authority- participated in Debate ‘Population based Breast Cancer Screening’ speaking for the motion, Dubai
Presented a lecture on ‘Need for Translational Research’ at the workshop on Clinical Research and Medical Regulations at IISER, Pune, India
Guest lecture on ‘Oncoplastic Surgery’ conference organized by AONEI and ASA, Guwahati, India
National Faculty ‘Prophylactic Mastectomy :When & How’ 3rd Indian Genetics Cancer Conference & Workshop (ICGCCW) organized by Actrec in collaboration with Indo-UK Genetic Forum, Cardiff University and Welcome Trust
Guest Faculty at 9th CCH International Breast Cancer Conference, Taiwan
Presented on Vacuum Assisted Biopsy, 1st BARD APAC Biopsy Forum, Taiwan
Faculty, 6th Asia Genomic Forum, Japan
Guest Lecture on Oncoplastic Breast Surgery at 15th Shaukatkhanum Cancer Symposium, Lahore, Pakistan
Guest Speaker at BRASCON 2016, presented on Therapeutic mammoplasty and Breast Reconstruction, Jaipur, India
Guest Speaker, presented Surgical videos on Therapeutic Mammoplasty and Oncoplastic techniques at NATCON organised by Indian Association of Surgical Oncology(IASO ), Jodhpur, India
Invited for a lecture on ‘Breast Surgery after Neoadjuvant Therapy’ at Controversies in Clinical Oncology – Tata Medical Centre, Calcutta, India
Guest Faculty, presented on ‘Should Management of Breast Cancer in Cancer Mutation be Different’ at Navigating Clinical Conundrums in Breast Cancer: MOA-HCF-ESO Breast Cancer Conference jointly organised by Mumbai Oncology Group and European School of Oncology, Mumbai, India
Guest Lecture on Therapeutic Mammoplasty, Gujarat Breast Meet, Ahmedabad, India
Guest Speaker, presented on the Importance of Cosmesis in Breast Conservation Surgery, MASECON 2016 at the 30th Annual Conference of Association of Surgeons of India, Kolhapur, India
Keynote Speaker for MS in Oncoplastic Surgery Part 2 course conducted at the James-Paget Hospital organised by University of East Angila, U.K. Addressed on Implant Dermal Sling Reconstruction, England
Trainer for hands-on training workshop on Therapeutic Mammoplasty that followed SPD Oncoplastic Surgery Course 2016, University of East Anglia, Norwich, U.K.
Presented a poster on Radiation Outcome following Immediate Breast Reconstruction with Lower Dermal Sling at BCC Breast Cancer Co-ordinated Care, Washington D.C., U.S.
Speaker at the Indo-UK Forum on Breast Diseases, Manchester, U.K.
Attended Conference organised by Association of Breast Surgeon of UK, Manchester, U.K.
Faculty and Organizer of the 2nd Indo U.K workshop on Oncoplastic Surgery of the International School of Oncoplastic Surgery, Pune, India
Faculty, conducted Live Surgery Workshop at 5th International Breast Reconstruction and Aesthetic Surgery Conference (BRASCON), Jaipur, India
Guest lecture on Surgical Strategies for Breast Cancer in the Indian Scenario at MASICON-27th Annual Conference of Association of Surgeons of Indian, Nagpur, India
Faculty, moderator of the panel discussion on anti HER-2 therapy in the Neoadjuvant and Metastatic setting at the UAE Cancer Conference, Dubai
Trainer for hands-on training workshop on Therapeutic Mammoplasty that followed SPD Oncoplastic Surgery Course 2015, UEA , Norwich, U.K.
Faculty and Organizer of the 1st Indo U.K workshop on Oncoplastic Surgery of the International School of Oncoplastic Surgery, Pune, India
Faculty, conducted and moderated a Panel discussion along with International Faculty on Oncoplastic Surgery at Annual Apollo Cancer Conclave held at Hyderabad, India
Faculty and Program Director for the Global Oncology Update by East Oncology Group; conducted Workshop on Oncoplastic Surgery and Breast Reconstruction under the aegis of International School of Oncoplastic Surgery at the 2nd Annual Oncocon organised by the East Oncology Group, Patna, India
Faculty for the conference and live demonstration on Oncoplatic surgery at the 1st JIPMER Oncoplastic Breast Surgery conference (JOBS) at Pondicherry, India
Faculty, conducted Live Surgery Workshop at 4th International Breast Reconstruction and Aesthetic Surgery Conference (BRASCON), Bangalore, India
Paper presentation on ‘Therapeutic mammoplasty’, 5th International Breast Reconstruction and Aesthetic Surgery Conference (BRASCON), Jaipur, India
Faculty, E-tutoring Weekend of the Mastership Program by University of East Anglia, Novotel Birmingham, England, U.K.
Faculty, presented on Contralateral Breast/ therapeutic mammoplasty at Advances in Breast Cancer-2014 Symposium jointly organized by Indian Cancer Society, Tata Memorial hospital (WCI) and GOKARMA Oncology Association, Goa, India
Faculty, conducted panel discussion on Management of Early Breast Cancer at MIDCON organized by Indian Association of Surgical Oncologists (IASO), Kolhapur, India
Attended Breast Cancer Co-ordinated Care Conference (BC3) on Radiation Outcome Following Immediate Breast Reconstruction with Lower Dermal Sling, Washington D.C., U.S.
Faculty, ABSICON, Calcutta, India
Faculty, 9th SFO – International Conference of SAARC Federation of Oncologists
Organiser, Breast Cancer Awareness Symposium, Pune
Poster presentation on ‘Oncoplastic Surgery in a community-based practice in India’, ORBS meeting dedicated to Oncoplastic Breast Reconstruction Surgery -2013, Nottingham
Faculty and organizer of live workshop on Breast reconstruction and Mammoplasty techniques along with Prof. Hilton Becker, Pune, India
Faculty and Guest Lecture at the Annual Conference Nagpur Association of Oncologists, Nagpur, India
Faculty and Guest speaker at Oncoplasty Workshop by the American Society of Breast Diseases at Dallas, U.S.
Faculty and Guest speaker at the Oncoplastic Workshop at the Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India
Faculty of Breast Reconstruction Workshop, demonstrated surgeries along with Prof. Khoo from England at Jehangir Hospital and Research Centre, Pune, India
Faculty and Guest Lecture on Becker Reconstruction at Sri Gangaram Hospitals update on Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery of the Breast, New Delhi, India
Attended ‘Breast cancer: Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery – an interactive course with live surgery’, European School of Oncology, Milan, Italy
Organiser, Breast Cancer Awareness Symposium, Pune
Faculty and guest speaker at the Oncoplasty Workshop by American Society of Breast Diseases workshop, Dallas. Lectured on “Incorporating Oncoplastic Techniques in Breast surgery”
Attended “The Breast Course” conducted by the European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC), Turkey
Presented on “Multimodal Treatment of Liver Cancer – our initial experience” at the XVth Asia-Pacific Cancer Conference, Chennai, India
Faculty and guest speaker at the Oncoplasty workshop at Dallas at the American Society of Breast Diseases Workshop. Lectured on “Incorporating oncoplastic techniques in Practice” and was part of the panel discussion
Organiser, Breast Cancer Symposium, Pune
Faculty at the Oncoplastic Surgery Workshop in Tata Memorial hospital, Mumbai. Video demonstration on breast reduction surgery as a part of oncoplastic procedures.
Attended Breast Oncoplastic Surgery Workshop, Nottingham, U.K.
Faculty and guest speaker at the Oncoplasty Workshop by American Society of Breast Diseases workshop, Dallas, U.S.
Faculty – ‘Surgical Management of Breast Cancer’ organised by Indian Medical Association, Pune, India
Faculty and guest speaker at the Oncoplasty Workshop by American Society of Breast Diseases workshop, Dallas, U.S.
Attended ‘Speciality Skills in Oncoplastic and Breast Reconstruction Surgery’, the Royal College of Surgeons of England, London, U.K.
Attended ‘International Breast Ultrasound: Multimodality Imaging and Interventional Techniques, University of Ferrara, Italy
Attended ‘The 6th European Breast Cancer Conference’ (EBCC-6), Berlin, Germany
Attended Breast Oncoplastic Surgery Workshop, Nottingham, U.K.
Presented at ‘Non-medical Aspects of Cancer”, Cipla Cancer Palliative Care And Training Centre, Pune, India
Faculty – “Psychosocial Oncology: An Emerging Paradigm in Cancer Care”, Pune, India
‘Breast Cancer Speciality Forum’ (BCSF) Nottingham, England
Attended the 8th Milan Breast Cancer Conference, Milan, Italy
‘Breast Cancer: Oncologic and Reconstructive Surgery’ – an Interactive course with Live Surgery, Milan, Italy
Attended ‘An intensive course on Breast Ultrasound and Mammotome Biopsy’ Seoul, Korea
Attended ‘Simulated Training on Proximate Staplers’, Mumbai, India
Attended ‘Simulated Training on Basic Laparoscopic surgery’, Mumbai, India
Attended ‘Asia Pacific Breast Cancer Summit’, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Attended ‘9th International Conference Primary Therapy of Early Breast Cancer’, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Faculty– Hepatic Artery Infusional Chemotherapy workshop organised by Oncology Society, Ahmedabad, India
Presented at “Cancer Burden” Global Alliance Health Challenges, Pune, India
Faculty – Radiofrequency Ablation of Liver tumors – Live demonstration under the auspices of the Indian Society of Gastroenterology at Ahmedabad organised by the Oncology group, India
“Multimodal Treatment of Liver Cancer” – talk given to IMA and Society of Gastroenterology, Madurai, India
Hepatic Arterial Chemotherapy for Liver Tumors – Organised by the Oncology Dept. of St. John Hospital, Bangalore for the Oncology Society, Bangalore, India
Guest Lecture on “Ablative Therapies for Liver Cancer” delivered to the Bombay Oncology Group at the Inaugural function, Mumbai, India
Presented on “Ablative techniques in Liver Cancer”- our experience at the ISMPO conference, Pune, India
Faculty – Management of liver tumours through Cryotherapy technique – Live Demonstration with Prof. Morris
Faculty – Vascular Access workshop, M.N.Budhrani Cancer Institute, Pune, India
Faculty – Live demonstration of ‘Long Term Vascular Access-Demonstration of Venous and Arterial Cauterization technique’ at Rajeev Gandhi Cancer Institute, New Delhi, India
Guest lecture on “Diagnosis and Treatment of Early Breast Cancer” at the XXXIV Annual State Conference of the Indian Medical Association, Pune, India
Presented on “Screening for Breast Cancer-Our early results” at the International Cancer Congress at New Delhi, India
Presented on “Observations in Node negative Breast cancer” at the 5th National Cancer Conference of the Indian Association of Surgical Oncology
MANY OTHERS FOR PHYSICIANS/ SURGEONS ASSOCIATIONS
Cancer Support and Social Activities
PRASHANTI CANCER CARE MISSION, PUNE
Founder and Trustee of Prashanti Cancer Care Mission, a public charitable trust established in 1995 with a mission to provide financial, emotional and psychosocial support to people suffering from cancer by providing treatment, counselling and fostering support group activities.
The mission also provides concessional treatment to needy and deprived patients with the best of facilities and quality treatment.
It regularly organizes outreach activities for cancer awareness and sensitization such as cancer detection camps, public meeting, exhibitions, paper articles and hand-outs within the city as well as in the outskirts of Pune.
The mission has established a mobile breast clinic on wheels, a novel concept in India, which takes Breast Care Services such as Clinical Breast Examination, Breast Cancer Screening and Mammography to the doorsteps of women in the community. The services are provided either free of cost or at discounted rates.
PROJECT SHODH- CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM
Organised a Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening project in Pune wherein more than 60000 women were senstised and 6500 women were screened.
PCCM has organized a marathon dedicated to creating Breast Cancer Awareness for the 3 consecutive years in the past with participation of over 5000 people each year.
Regularly conducts Cancer Awareness lectures at various Rotary Clubs, women’s associations, schools, community health programs, etc. Conducted more than 100 talks till date.
BREAST HEALTH CENTRE, RATNAGIRI
Established a Breast Health Centre with the help of another NGO in Ratnagiri, India. The centre provides expertise in breast diagnostics and personnel training to deliver quality Breast Health Services through regular visits and online training.
“The incidences of breast and cervical cancer are alarmingly on the rise in India with cases being detected across ages, socio-economic and urban-rural strata everyday.
Recent statistics indicate high prevalence of breast cancer in India, with 1 in 22 women around the age of 45 years affected in urban areas and 1 in 60 in rural areas. Cervical cancer is highly common in women from rural areas (1 in 15 women) as compared to urban women (1 in 80 women).
The average age of women being affected by cancer in India has also decreased, with women in their 30’s and 40’s falling prey to it. However, lack of awareness in women about symptoms of the disease, screening modalities, self-examination and routine mammographic screenings leads to delay in diagnosis and treatment. Unlike in developed countries where breast cancer cases are detected in stages I and II, in India they are detected in the late stages III and IV. Also, the mortality rate is higher in India than in the developed countries.
Our vision is to raise awareness around breast cancer and effectively counter these issues in India and provide extensive care to any woman in need of our assistance.
The Gold Standard of treatment of Breast Cancer is a multimodal approach. The Gold Standard, as far as surgery is concerned, is being as conservative as possible, with scarless procedures and surgeries that actually improve the cosmetic outcomes. Another important Gold Standard is to reduce the amount and extent of surgery for the breast as well as for the axilla. This is the surgical Gold Standard. Otherwise, the Gold Standard of treatment as a whole is about a multimodal approach; which means you do minimal surgery, only when required. According to the patient, chemotherapy or radiation therapy can be carried out where indicated. It is also necessary to establish excellent protocols that reduce the risk of side effects.”