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Cancer being the second leading cause...
Cancer being the second leading cause of death globally has no antecedents for its eradication/control. Bengal Cancer Foundation has undertaken this stupendous task through its sharply defined objectives. Also establishing a Day Care Centre for Cancer Patient at Kolkata is on the cards. Also, Cancer Awareness Programs are held regularly by Social Works every month in West Bengal and Bangladesh.
List of free clinics held.
Dr Debnarayan Dutta visited Bengal Cancer Foundation, Kolkata clinic and at Mossabir Cancer Foundation, Dhaka every
monthly and consulted these cancer patients without any financial services. The clinic is a completely 'free'
A large proportion of deserving patients were treated with supportive care, chemotherapy free.
Few patients, caregivers and supporters donated small amount as support to the organization
Year 2013, Bengal Cancer Foundation started to establish it's presence in Kolkata with recruitment of volunteers,
supporters and developing the basic infrastructure. The awareness activities and programs started actively from
Kalyani Municipality, Bengal Cancer Foundation and Apollo Speciality Hospital (Chennai) jointly organized a Mass
Awareness Programme for Health Check-up and Cancer Screening at Kalyani, West Bengal on 8th Nov 2014. More than
300 survivors and caregivers attended the camp. We have done near about 100 screening in one day. After
screening few patients had taken treatment at Bengal Cancer Foundation clinic, Kolkata. More about 30 cancer
survivors attended the program and share their experience for their treatment.
Patients shared their experience and excellent interaction with patients and common people was experienced.
There was a cultural event to promote awareness about cancer through voice drama. Famous theatre group.
'RangaShilpi" joined hand with us to increase awareness about cancer through theatre. Mr Plaban Basu, director
and actor of 'Rangashilpi' group had extended his support for the awareness drive.
There was press meet after the program and detailed interaction with patients, journalists and oncologists
There was arrangement for tiffin and tea for all.
Bengal Cancer Foundation organized a Cancer Awareness Camp at Shyamnagar Haraprasad Shastri Vidyapith, Nadia
district, West Bengal, on 24th Nov 2014. Mr. Ashok Singha Roy, one of the social worker, Worked for the
treatment of cancer patient, helped us for local official permission. Near about 100 student’s Guardian of that
school was attending the camp. Chairman, Bengal Cancer Foundation and Consultant Radiation Oncologist, Apollo
Speciality Hospital, Chennai, Dr. Debnarayan Dutta was the chief guest on that Camp. There was an Question
answer session for the camp attendant with Dr. Dutta. Presence of cancer survivor in that event who spoke of
their experience and fight with the deadly disease added a special effect to general people.
Cumulative report on activities from 2014 to 2020
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Complete list of awareness program in 2015
Year 2014, was the time to establish the presence of BCF in Kolkata with recruitment of volunteers, supporters
and developing the basic infrastructure. The awareness activities and programs started to increase in 2015. Many
awareness camps, initiatives were undertaken during this time. Decision to expand the volunteer base and
services was initiated in 2015.
Bengal Cancer Foundation organized two days cancer awareness, free medical check-up and health promotion, cancer
screening & rehabilitation camp organized at Berhampur Gitanjali Hospital, Murshidabad, West Bengal, India on 14
& 15th February, 2015. Many eminant doctors are present on that camp- Consltant Radiation Oncologist of Apollo
Speciality Hospital, Chennai DR. Debnarayan Dutta and Consultant Gastroenterologist Dr. T. Ramkumar, Director of
Gitaram Hospital Dr. Shovan Bannerjee. Member of Bengal Cancer Foundation Dr. Asim Kumar Banerjee & Dr. Tanmay
Pal., Dr. Rita Bhattachryya were also present at the camp. We did prior registration of patients for free of
cost; Free consultation from a no. of doctors of national repute; Free colonoscopy done by reputed doctor; All
the available tests and investigations at 50% or more than 50%; Self breast check. More than 90 people attended
for screening and health check.
Bengal Cancer Foundation, Apollo Speciality Cancer Hospital, Chennai and local physicians jointly organized
cancer awareness clinic at Baharampur. We organized cancer awareness drawing competition for teenagers. Topic
for the drawing competition was 'How to aware people about cancer' & 'Do not Start Smoking'. The main target is
to aware teenagers about harmful effects of smoking, so that they do not start smoking. Ninety students
participated on that competition, divided in three group- class V to VII, Class VIII to X and XI to XII. Cancer
related awareness talk with Dr. Dutta and Dr. Somita Poddar. People freely shared their problems and satisfied
with the answers. There was a talk show and cancer awareness related voice drama. More than 200 people were
present in the talk show.
There was two-day program with Apollo Cancer Hospital, Chennai and local organization, Lion's club at Katwa.
There was an awareness talk and next day cancer screening with consultation clinic.
Bengal cancer Foundation along with Maa Tara Hospital at Deogarh conducted cancer awareness camp, cancer screen
and consultation clinic at their facility.
There was a meeting with the local physicians and interaction with management.
A free clinic was organized at Medinipur District of West Bengal on 2nd October 2015 by Dr. Dutta to help the
local people get proper treatment and generate awareness among them about cancer.
An art competition was arranged for children of age group 8-15 years to analyse their knowledge and awareness
about the disease.
The free clinic took place from 2pm to 5pm followed by a cultural awareness programme on cancer that was hosted
by Plaban Basu.
A cultural programme and voice drama was put up to generate and create awareness among the local people of the
region. An art competition was also put up for children and they were given a token of appreciation and some
prizes to spread awareness among the school going children and to assess their knowledge about the disease. Few
eminent artists also joined us on the day to help us make the camp possible and informative in a more
Media is an excellent medium for increasing awareness. With the help of Apollo Speciality Hospital, Chennai Bengal Cancer Foundation, we have arranged for few Radio Programme on cancer awareness. At 94.3 Radio Station, eminent oncologist Dr. Debnarayan Dutta have come alive with talk show. As we know October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Dr. Dutta discussed on Breast cancer, on prevention and the early diagnosis. There was talk show on tobacco use and cancer, modern radiation therapy techniques and screening program.
There is regular interaction with people regarding cancer management in 'talk shows'.
Total donation: Six lakhs twenty thousand eight hundred seventy Rs (6,20,870)
Average monthly Expenditure to run the office is about Rs. 60000/- , covering Staff
Salary, Office rent, Telephone, Internet, Office Stationary, Doctors’ Fees & other sundry expenses.
Total expenditure (Jan-Sep 15): 6,12,000 Rs
Our new facility have additional expenses.
• Rent: 50, 000 Rs per month
• Electricity bill: 5000 Rs per month
• Maintenance & other: 10,000 Rs per month
• Usual expenses to run the organization is 1.2 lakhs per month
We do have an expansion plan and we are discussing the prospect with appropriate persons. Need more volunteers,
support staff, doctors and donation for the same.
Plan for future
Since November 2015, number of patients consulted counted to 168 among which new patients were 97 and old patients were 71. Most patients are female with breast cancer and most males have been diagnosed with rectal cancer. Cases of ling and cholangio cancer have also been found quite a number
Awareness camps & programs
Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, all people have the power to take various actions to reduce the
impact that cancer has on individuals, families and communities. World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what
can do, make a pledge and take action. Whatever you choose to do make a difference to the fight against cancer.
Every year on world cancer day an event is organized with the help of cancer survivors, our volunteers and
supporters to celebrate survivorship and create more awareness. This year too we had organized an event that
received a footfall of more than five hundred people including our present members and local people. Six fifty
people from one hundred and eighty families and individuals registered on the day to join hands and fight against
cancer. Eminent artistes who have accomplished great heights in their own fields also supported us on the event
became our members.
Wasim Kapoor, famous painter inaugurated the event with a painting which he later declared will be auctioned as a
contribution to BCF fund. Musical meditation was staged that helps to bring down psychological stress and tension
and healing of the soul. Sarod Baba (Avijit Ghosh) and Gayaki Mata (Piyali Maitra) who together performed the
musical. A drama – Panchlight performed by Rangashilpi, also our supporter, got huge praise from the audience
a comic satire to the present state of affairs in a backward rural village where even a street light is thought to
be a big step towards upliftment. A recitation by one of our survivors was also put up. Swati Ghoshal, a cancer
survivor herself joined us and performed a recitation of Rabindranath Tagore. Tagore’s poetry helps people in all
phases of life. Dr Debnarayan Dutta also interacted with the audience as well as our patients in midst of the
program. Questionnaires were distributed to all those who attended to analyse the awareness quotient among common
people. We are still working on the aspect of general knowledge of the people regarding cancer and its treatment.
On the same day a talk show on cancer awareness was conducted with an interactive phone call session aired on
Doordarshan for the same motive. Dr Sarah Price and our patient Anuradha Addhya accompanied Dr. Dutta to the show
which helped us to generate mass awareness and we received some donation to our foundation too. Mrs. Basanti Devi
who is an aged lady after watching the program on television contacted us for voluntary service and donation to
We do have collaboration with EPIC- palliative care support group, Tribica- Rehabilitation care support group,
Rangashilpi- professional group theatre for awareness programs, Ayurvedic care support group for non-responsive
patients. Apart from that, we do have tie-up with Mediland & ECHO diagnostic services, Saviour and Merryland
Home. We support Green for Life Foundation
Palliative care to improves the quality of life of patients (adults and children) and their families who are
the life-threatening illness mainly cancer and suffering from the tremendous pain of Cancer. Palliative Care is
care of anyone with a chronic life limiting illness. It benefits anyone who has a life expectancy less than a
of years. Incurable Cancer, HIV, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Stroke, Chronic diseases etc.It includes Pain & Symptom
control, Psychological Support, Social Support & Spiritual Support.The EIPC takes care of the patients suffering
from cancer who are in any stage of the disease. They help in mental counseling and rehabilitation to improve
quality of life.
Dr. Sarah Price conducts this free clinic for all patients who are also given free medicine as per they are
by Dr. Sankha Subhro Mitra, Advisor of EIPC also conducts a Skype Clinic every Friday for patients who need
TriBeCa Care takes responsibility of those patients who need home care facilities and are not in a position to
out to any kind of medical help. They also take care of physical rehabilitation of those who need physiotherapy
surgery or due to any kind of pain.
TriBeCa Care works mainly with the ageing population of the society who are spending their old age alone or away
from their children. They provide them company and care whenever they require and take care of their daily needs
Green for life Foundation is an organisation who works on preserving nature and protecting the environment.
Recycling polythene, making organic food and promoting healthy lifestyles.
'RangaShilpi', professional theatre group headed by Mr actor / Director Plaban Basu support us with awareness
programs. 'Voice drama' on cancer patient by Rangashilpi is a part of our cancer awareness campaign
Activities in 2017
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Activities in 2018 and 2019