In India, it is the family that provides emotional support in sickness and health. A diagnosis of cancer,with its emotional toll on patient and family alike, demands an additional support system offering information and understanding.
Cancer survivors and caregivers are best placed to offer encouragement and hope to those newly diagnosed and under treatment for cancer and to their caregivers.
Cancer Sahyog enables people living with cancer to achieve maximum recovery: emotional, mental and physical, through the voluntary services of a dedicated and trained group of Cancer Survivors and Caregivers, all of whom have had a close personal encounter with cancer.
To offer emotional support through a fellowship of people who have been personally and closely affected by cancer
To facilitate communication between the patient and family and the health professionals
To discuss and clarify common misconceptions
To provide information and general guidance about cancer related services, resources and rehabilitation services available.
To provide help with medicine and cost of treatment to those in need
To provide a forum through conferences, seminars and newsletters for an exchange of positive experiences and discussion on different aspects of cancer care
To promote awareness amongst people
To provide training at regular intervals, specially to hospital volunteers
Our volunteers attend clinics at leading hospitals to help patients and families offering support, understanding and practical help
Our breast cancer survivors volunteer at the Breast Cancer Clinic where the mastedorree is fitted with aprosthesis and bras free of cost.
We sponsor the cost of treatment for the poor and needy patients and make medicines available.
In the children's programme we conduct art and craft activities, celebrate occasions, and take them on outings, while giving the parents a much needed break and an opportunity to talk.
Seminars and workshops are organized regularly providing a forum for an exchange of topics.
Cancer Survivor's Day is celebrated on the second saturday of February every year. It is undergoing treatment.