,in the beginning of this century meant fear and death. In our country
very few knew about Cancer, but for those who had the misfortune to
see some one dear attacked insidiously, devoured slowly but surely,
have had to witness the long – drawn – out agony of the last
stages, except these, probably no one knew about Cancer. Vital
statistics in our country was not accurate to know how many die of
cancer every year.
1886 on the 30th of July , a girl was born in a
middle class family in a state called “Pudukottai” .
she was named Muthulakshmi.
One hardly realized
that she was Gods creation who would rise in this
world to fight Cancer.
went on to become
the First woman
in India to graduate in medicine in 1912. She
along with two Europeans founded the Women' s
India Association (WIA) in 1918. In 1927 she
became the first woman in the world to preside over
a legislative body. She was an active member in the
1922 Dr.Muthulakshmi Reddy detected cancer in
her sister's rectum. From
that day she stayed by
her bedside of agony till she passed away a year
later. This incident sparked of her involvement in
cancer and she proposed to build a cancer hospital
in Madras. She formed a Cancer relief fund in 1949
and with the support of the WIA she established the cancer hospital
in 1954 in a small hut.
made sure her son, Dr.Krishnamurthy , after completing his medicine
in the US stay back in India and serve the cause of poor cancer
patients. The rest is now seen in the form of one of the best
state – of – art Cancer hospitals in the world today.
The Cancer Institute
is a symbol of man’s eternal quest to conquer disease and an inspiration
that reaches out to humanity.
Institute is spread over 9 acres in Chennai, South India. The hospital
houses 423 beds of which 297 are free. Over 1,25,000 patients are seen
annually. They are drawn from all over India, parts of South and South
East Asia. Over 66% of them are indigent and are treated free of
charge. The hospital has state- of- the- art facilities for diagnosis,
evaluation and treatment of cancer as well as rehabilitation.
Living its mission of providing the state- of- the- art treatment to
people with all types of cancers, the Institute is equipped with world
class medical facilities. It houses a hospital, College of Oncological
Sciences, an exclusive division for Preventive Oncology and a research