Cancer is mainly a lifestyle disease and its incidence is increasing rapidly with more than 1 million new cancer patients detected every year. Nearly 60% of these cancers are preventable and are related to tobacco and alcohol consumption, poor personal hygiene, and consumption of improper diet. Epidemiological studies predict doubling of new cancer patients in the next decade throwing major challenges to the healthcare delivery system in our country. The treatment of cancer is very expensive. On an average, it costs INR 3.5 lakhs (INR Three lakh fifty thousand) to treat a cancer patient. India being an agrarian country, more than 60% of the population depend on seasonal earnings from agricultural operations and most of them are in unorganized sectors and not covered under any insurance schemes. The few insurance schemes which are available are either insufficient or inefficient to ensure complete and contemporary treatment to these patients. Most of the private hospitals are clustered together in large cities and are expensive making it difficult for the rural patients to access them. Establishing cancer hospitals is expensive, and lack of trained manpower poses additional problems.
Trustees of Sri Shankara Cancer Foundation realize that a multidimensional effort is necessary to address this challenge of glaring inequalities by establishing an institution which through its comprehensive outreach programs would direct its energy to understand the problems faced by the population and work towards prevention of cancer. The Institution will train manpower drawn from the milieu of that area to integrate and work along with people to understand their lifestyle habits and psychological behaviour. The Institution through its Department of Social and Economic Studies, Department of Human Behaviour, and Department of Epidemiological Studies and Statistics will develop policies which would guide the decisions on interventional activities focused towards reducing the incidence of cancer. The Department of Community Oncology comprising of doctors, nurses, community social workers, technologists, will be reaching the doors of the rural people in Mobile Cancer buses specially equipped with diagnostic equipment such as Mammography, X-ray, Ultrasound, Dental Diagnostic Centre, and Laboratory Services. These Mobile Clinics and the equipment are entirely provided by large-hearted philanthropic donors - M/s Cognizant Foundation, M/s Embassy Group, and M/s Manandi Nanjundasetty Nagasundaramma and Sons Charities Trust. The services of senior cancer specialists are available to the rural people through Tele-Oncology network. The Centre will be undertaking research in all the above areas as well as in the field of molecular biology and genetics. The National Centre will function in close coordination with the Department of Health and Family Welfare Government of Karnataka and the Trustees are very grateful for the support given by them. Initially, the project will cover a population of 10.82 lakhs covering the District of Ramanagaram, comprising of 4 Sub-districts/Talukas – (Magadi, Channapatana, Kanakapura, Ramanagaram), 878 villages. It is proposed to expand the activities gradually to other districts of Karnataka.
CONCEPT – COMMUNITY ONCOLOGY INITIATIVE
AWARENESS / INTERVENTION / DATA ACQUISITION / ANALYSIS
CANCER PREVENTION MEASURES
METHODOLOGY OF CONDUCTING MOBILE CANCER DETECTION CAMPS
AWARENESS / INTERVENTION / DATA ACQUISITION
PUBLIC LECTURES FOR SMALL GROUPS
CONTINUED MEDICAL EDUCATION FOR LOCAL DOCTORS
ARRANGING TREATMENT FOR PATIENTS
COLLECTION OF DEMOGRAPHIC DETAILS
CANCER PREVENTION MEASURES
EVALUATION OF OUTCOME
DONATIONS AND GRANTS FROM VARIOUS RESEARCH BODIES
GOVERNMENT AND SEMI-GOVERNMENT GRANTS
EARNINGS FROM SRI SHANKARA CANCER FOUNDATION