Jagriti: Cancer Awareness

Creation of Cancer Awareness is core objective of Indian Cancer Society.

To educate the public about cancer, its causes, and effective preventive measures, the Indian Cancer Society regularly hosts awareness talks.


  • Cancer Jagriti is a group of trained volunteers that deliver cancer awareness talks.
  • We visit a variety of settings, such as schools and colleges, markets, offices and factories,  women groups, urban slums, Rotary and Lions clubs, and villages. We also work with   other socially committed organizations.
  • Our “Rise Against Cancer” include street plays, talks, and referrals to our cancer screening services.
  • Speakers share educational videos and provide cancer literature at no cost.
  • We also train staff at other NGOs who work in the Bastis (slums) to share our cancer awareness messages.
  • Cancer Jagriti volunteers are available at no cost, although a pick-up and drop-off for speakers is greatly appreciated.


Our Initiatives


Rise Against Cancer

Rise against cancer is Indian Cancer Society community connect programme where a       neighborhood is targeted. It include local Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs), Market       Associations, as well as resident in the  neighborhood.  Students put up street plays, cancer awareness walk is undertaken, awareness talk are conducted and services of  mobile cancer screening are also provided.


School Programme

The schools awareness programme reaches out to a very large group of young audience of students. Speakers visit Schools, Colleges, ITIs & other Institutes to educate a young         vulnerable generation about lifestyle choices.


Schools Cluster Training

Train the Trainers: We train Teachers to become Voice Multipliers. It is not possible for ICS Speakers to cover all young people.  Teachers can weave in our instruction  material during regular classes .


Lifestyle changes

  • Tobacco Control is an important concern. It is a prime component of school talks.
  • World No-Tobacco Day (WNTD) is celebrated with great enthusiasm. It is an indicator to assess how much of the anti-tobacco message has been taken on board by school children. In 2020, COVID – 19 has forced WNTD to be organised online.
  • Healthy Diet & danger associated with excess salt, sugar & sweetened drinks so            unthinkingly consumed by youngsters needs to be a matter of concern.
  • Environmental impact on cancer was the topic of a recent Seminar. We need to address it with more attention.




Training is an integral part of the Cancer Awareness Programme. ICS trains fresh Volunteers into the intricacies of the disease. Volunteers are not doctors, but they need to know the causes, risk factors, signs & symptoms, as well as basics modalities  of treatment. They need to have regular up-to-date information, for efficient functioning. Separate sessions are arranged for seasoned Volunteers with experts in the subjects.

  • Workshops are the energizer of the Awareness Program. Workshops are held in-house, when experts are invited to educate Volunteers. We also arrange Workshops annually at the Army R&R Hospital. Many Hospitals invite Volunteers to participate in their Workshops. It is encouraging when Doctor take time to educate volunteers.

Sahyog: Cancer Support Group

Cancer Sahyog is a support group for people living with cancer that has been working since 1991. Our volunteers attend clinics at 15 leading hospitals in Delhi/NCR.


Cancer Sahyog was established in 1991 by a cancer survivor. Founding Members included a Caregiver and a Doctor.

Cancer Sahyog is a support group with all its members having a personal experience with   cancer. We truly believe that no one should be left to fight cancer alone and thus our volunteer team provides emotional support by being actively involved in the well being of   patients. They also facilitate communication between patients, families, and health professionals. Our volunteers attend clinics at 15 leading hospitals in Delhi NCR.

  • Cancer Sahyog was founded with the idea that no one should have to battle fear &   loneliness in their Cancer journey.  All of the volunteer members have personally experienced cancer.
  • Volunteers actively listen, share their experiences, and provide literature, helpful suggestions, and tips regarding the side effects of treatment. They also facilitate communication between patients, families, and health professionals.
  • Most important, volunteers, all of whom have had a close personal encounter with cancer, offer Hope.



Symbol of Hope


Sahyog volunteers are living symbols of Hope and their personal experience with cancer  enables them to be more receptive and sensitive towards the patients. ICS provides training such as awareness sessions and informative workshops to strengthen their skills. Furthermore, mentorship and shared experiences make the volunteers excellent counselors.


Volunteers share their personal experiences, listen to the patient’s concerns and give hope and strength to the patients to fight the disease resolutely. They navigate them through the maze of treatment and beyond, thus becoming ‘fellow travelers’ (Sahyogi’s) in the true sense.


Volunteers encourage patients to take care of their physical, mental, and emotional well being. 




The volunteers create an understanding of cancer and how to deal with the challenging   treatment and its side-effects.  Many new therapies have come into being over the 30 years of Cancer Sahyog existence, but the basic three remain Surgery, Chemotherapy & Radiotherapy.


Cancer Sahyog provides rehab services


It is important to recognize the needs of patients beyond medical intervention. Our volunteers ensure that patients with mastectomy are provided with the much needed advice on bras and prosthesis, as well as arm exercises to avoid lymphedema.

Comprehensive breast cancer care centers are set up at a few hospitals. Restoration of body image through supply of free bras and prosthesis has been a very successful project. Beginning with a mere 25 women who were provided with Medical Bras & Body Forms, the service now provides over 1000 women with these items.

In addition, in a collaboration with Nurses of the NHS, UK, used (cleaned & sanitized) Silicon prosthesis are offered for a song. The small cost covers expenses on Customs Duty. The NHS Nurses cover the cost of Air Freight & all other costs.


Prashanti: Healing and Rehab Centre

Indian Cancer Society firmly believes that Cancer neither begins nor ends in a Hospital. Prashanti was conceived as a Healing Centre, offering Complimentary Therapies to help former patients & Survivors to return to a new normal.

Complimentary therapy is non-invasive therapy, where no medicine of any kind is      administered. Yoga, Laughter therapy, Reflexology etc are Complementary therapies.  They heal without invading the body.  They invigorate & refresh.

Alternative therapy, on the other hand is as the name suggests alternative to the Hospital based treatment modes. Ayurveda, Unani medicine, Siddha, all claim to cure cancer.  However, there are no research studies that stand up to rigorous analysis & testing.  In  recent years, Dr. Nagendra has set up an Institute in Bangalore, which has taken the onus of proving Indian traditional medicine. The Govt of India’s AYUSH Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy) program also seeks to undertake research & advocacy.

We are committed to help you fight cancer. The Indian Cancer Society Prashanti Healing & Rehab Centre seeks to provide healing therapies, as well as a comprehensive Breast Cancer Rehab Unit, offering Arm Care, & Medical Bra’s & Prosthesis for those who require it.


 The Prashanti Centre for Healing Therapies is a one of a kind non-profit organization offering free, non-intrusive cancer therapies to patients. Prashanti embraces a holistic approach to provides supportive, complementary cancer care help patients feel better physically,     psychologically, and socially. The Indian Cancer Society, Delhi, started these services thanks to the Lala Diwan Chand Trust.

Prashanti encourages a serene return to normal living after cancer.

  • Prashanti encourages a serene return to normal life after cancer.
  • ICS Centre of Healing Therapies.
  • Patients and survivors are encouraged to explore various therapies and choose the one that best improves their quality of life.
  • Therapies include but are not limited to: Pranayama, Yoga, Laughter Therapy, Reflexology, Massage, Visualization, and Acupressure.
  • Reflexology involves applying gentle pressure to the feet or hands to produce changes in pain and other benefits by stimulating the energy pathways of the body.
  • Services are offered at no profit.
  • Prashanti is also home to a Child Nutrition programme. Children (and parents) can have a hot, home-cooked meal every Tuesday courtesy donations from generous patrons.
  •  ICS also works with AIIMS, RGCI&RC, DSCI, & CNBC to offer supplementary food protein to children, as recommended by their pediatricians.
  • Parent Counseling is also available as part of therapy.
  • Young volunteers from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University aid in various activities and events as part of their Social Health Initiatives

Cancer Screening

Cancer Screening.  ICS offers Cancer Screening at the Cancer Detection Centre, 42 Babar Road, New Delhi 110 001. The Centre is open on all working days from 0900 to 1200 hours. The Centre is served by 3 specialist doctors of ENT, Gynecology and Surgery, supported by a team of technicians. The package includes a blood analysis, chest Xray, and physical examination by these experienced doctors. You can avail a screening for cancer at minimal, heavily subsidized cost. No prior appointment required, and the entire process takes only 35 minutes of your time. In order to detect cancer early, and even at a pre-cancer stage, ICS urges that every healthy person over the age of 30 years should have an annual check-up. ICS has a Bone Densitometry facility operating out of ICS Prashanti. Mammography is available on our Mobile Medical Van AshaKiran. AshaKiran is stationed at Babar Road on Mondays & Thursdays, so one can avail a Walk-in service together with the Screening. Since November 2010 we offer HPV/DNA tests at the Cancer Detection Centre, Babar Road, with help from Oncquest & the Max Foundation. We have several “free service‘ months – In April, we offer free PSA tests for male customers availing of Screening. Women get free screening in October & November each year. In addition, Mammography is free through the year when Sponsors are available. 


All Screening is heavily subsidized. Please enquire at the Centre.

Mobile Cancer Screening. Cancer Screening at your doorstep! This service is ideal for offices, factories, and other clusters of people who cannot take time off to come to the Babar Road Centre. 100 persons are screened in a 4-hour period by our specialist staff. This service is available on weekends, and on weekday afternoons. Bookings can be made through our office, and a payment is required to be made in advance to confirm the booking. Philanthropic individuals and organizations often sponsor camps for people living in the slums of Delhi. Please check with us about the availability of free camps. The Mobile Service is an essential part of the Community Projects, which ICS undertakes in the basti’s (slums) around Delhi.


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