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Cancer Foundation of India (CFI), Kolkata, a non-government organization (NGO), is committed to prevent cancer as a means to control cancer in India. With its team of motivated and creative professionals, it endeavors to bring in a paradigm change in the approach toward prevention of cancer by developing new communication and advocacy methods, and generating new knowledge on India specific cancers through appropriate R & D work. In addition, CFI conducts capacity building programmes, publish literature and prepares innovative communication material (IEC) for clinicians and social & health workers in order to educate and train them to meet the needs of skilled man power to carry out cancer prevention campaign at national level. Besides, the CFI endeavors to broaden its base of activities to provide clinical and psycho-social services required by cancer survivors and support survivor related issues in the country.

Foundation has following major themes:

Dissemination of cancer information for improving cancer awareness and education in general public through print, electronic media, by holding regular meetings on cancer awareness and publishing protocols, manuals and innovative communication material on cancer prevention
Research in cancer prevention through laboratory or population-based studies on topics of critical interest to the country such as epidemiology, chemoprevention, cancer vaccines, new detection methods and tests
Development of human resource in cancer prevention and early detection by holding workshops, trainings, conference/symposia on topical themes for medical and para-medical professionals
Service and Support to cancer patients through cancer helpline that provides counseling and clinical advice during and post-treatment status of patients,
Tobacco control through advocacy, surveys, intervention measures, implementation and monitoring of tobacco laws in the country

CFI has received extramural support and collaboration for its programmes / projects from national and international healthcare funding organisations such as IARC (WHO), Lyon, WHO, Geneva, American Cancer Society, USA, Bloomberg Global Initiative, USA and DST and DBT, Min. of Science & Technology, and ICMR, Govt. of India, VHAI, New Delhi and Healis Sekhsaria Inst. Of Public Health, Navi Mumbai. The CFI also works in partnership with state governments in North East states (Mizoram, Sikkim, Meghalaya) and West Bengal, in their cancer prevention initiatives.

The Cancer Foundation of India (CFI)is registered under West Bengal Societies Registration Act XXVI of 1961. It is also registered with Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Govt. of India under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976 to receive grants / donations from overseas. Donors to CFI are benefited with tax exemption under the provisions of 80 G of Indian Income Tax Act 1961. In April 2009, the CFI received recognition as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO), by DSIR, Ministry of Science & Technology, Govt. of India for R&D work in cancer. The Foundation has its own Institutional Ethics Committee (IEC) and Research Advisory Committee which ensure strict adherence to ethical norms and maintenance of quality control for all its projects and activities.

CFI is supported by a large number of clinicians, scientists, social workers and health care volunteers committed to a holistic approach to cancer control in the country. The members of CFI and those who actively work on voluntary basis in its projects and programs belong to well known medical / scientific institutes / hospitals in the country. CFI’s Management Committee is headed by Prof. Maqsood Siddiqi, former Director of Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute and later that of Bose Institute in Kolkata, Ms. Sutapa Biswas is the Secretary of Management Committee & Executive Director of the organisation.


Promote
Cancer Education & Public Awareness
Information on Prevention and Diagnosis of cancer
Support to cancer patients
Development of knowledge-base in cancer Anti-tobacco activities
Organize
Training of medical / scientific professionals
Para-medical workers in Cancer Screening & Early Detection
Meetings, Seminar and Symposia in Cancer Research
Represent and Liaison
International and National organisations campaigning against cancer
Advocate
Rights of Citizens for well being of patients, Cancer survivors and their families
Control on tobacco consumption
Conduct, Collaborate and Support
Preventive Research in Cancer
Cancer Epidemiology and biostatistics
New Drug development in Indian System of Medicine
Technology development in cancer research
Encourage
Psycho-oncology, Palliative care and Rehabilitation Services
Social and behavioral change in society necessary for acceptance of cancer preventive initiatives