22nd September 2016
Rose Day at Jehangir Hospital
Rose Day was held on 22nd September, to commemorate the efforts of patients to beat cancer. This year we tied up with CPAA & Jehangir Hospital to conduct various activities that helped the patients look at the disease with a positive outlook. The half -day long session ended with the faculty and team members distributing roses to all the attendees.

7th August 2016
Women's Cancer Awareness at Kirkee Cant. Board
Dr Nag, the head oncologist at Jehangir Hospital gave an awareness talk on Women cancers on Thursday 4th August for women employees of the Kirkee Cant Board. The talk was attended by over 200 women, and was followed by a Q&A session. This marks the 50th such talk we have had around Maharashtra alone this year to raise awareness about the various types of cancers that affect women the world over!

3rd August 2016
Cancer Awareness Talk at Ferguson College
A Cancer awareness talk was delivered on Friday 29th July 2016 by Dr.Snita Sinukumar, Consultant Surgical Oncologist at Jehangir Hospital, Pune.The talk was attended by the staff, teachers and over 200 under graduates and postgraduates students of the Dept. of Microbiology at the prestigious Fergusson College, Pune.
The highlights of the talk were creating awareness about the signs and symptoms of cancer in general with emphasis on embracing screening strategies (tests) for early detection of cancer.The need for adopting a healthy lifestyle and discouraging tobacco consumption in any form was also emphasized.
The talk was very well received and was followed by an enthusiastic and overwhelming Q&A session.

20th June 2016
The Objective of the project is to train Health workers in breast health and clinical breast examinations in the community.
The project purposes to bring about changes through 'actions'. Actions would be defined as learning based information training and active utilization of existing infrastructure. A pilot project of a duration of one year. Target area Kasarwadi, Morewadi, Bhopkel area adopted by Forbes Marshall.
The Community Health Workers (CHWs) working with the Forbes Marshall Social outreach program will be trained in the following:
What is breast Health?
Signs and Symptoms of Breast Diseases
What is Cancer and general signs and symptoms of breast cancer
Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment of breast cancer
Clinical Breast Examination: Inspection and Palpation.
Post the training and a recap session the CHWs will conduct breast health awareness session for the women in their respective communities. They will also perform clinical breast examination.
The project will be monitored through focus group discussions, report about the CHW’s monthly activities and clinical breast examination health cards.

Some of the project indicators are:

  • Number of women / girls trained in breast health
  • Number of people referred for confirmatory clinical examination
  • Communities impact and participation for concurrent programs organised
  • Increase in knowledge and awareness through pre test and post tests questionnaires

13th March 2016
International Women's day Celebration
Breast Friends celebrated International Women's day on the 13th of March 2016 with loads of bonding, fun, laughter and togetherness. Syrakko, Fine Dining hosted 25 survivors with a sumptuous lunch. Good food, beautiful ambience and inspiring company gave the survivors an opportunity to be grateful for the support the members are to each other and the laughter they share that often heals the soul.

9th March 2016
International Women's day Celebration
On March 9th 2016 in celebration of International Women's day, the Nag Foundation and Saheli Karyakarta Sangha, (an NGO that works in improving the reproductive health of sex workers in Pune) conducted a Breast Cancer Awareness and Clinical Examination camp for the sex workers.

5th March 2016
Women's day celebration
On the 5th of March 2016, the girl students of Std 8, 9 and the 11th of Dhaneshwar Madhyamik vidyala were a part of women's day celebration organised by Prerana, which is a group of volunteers working at teaching underprivileged girl students skills to help them think more of their future than what is envisioned for them by their parents. Rebecca D'Souza on behalf of the Nag Foundation spoke Taking Care of Yourself with an emphasis on Health behaviours.

13th Feb 2016
Picnic at Bhor
On 13th February, 38 breast cancer survivors spent a day together, sharing stories, sharing their pain and their joys. The day was spent as Bhor. As you can see it was a day well spent with laughter, love, and of course an abundance of good food.

PSRD talk
11th Feb 2016
Young Women’s Health and Cancer Awareness  at St. Mira’s College
Dr Shona Nag and Dr Rama Sivaram were invited to talk to the young women of St Mira’s College on the 11th of February 2016.  Over 80 students and 6 staff members attended talk.  Catching the pulse of youth Dr Nag initially spoke on well-being and wellness and gradually led the girls to understand the importance of cancer awareness.  Following a brief introduction to what is cancer, she spoke of breast, cervical and ovarian cancers in a non threatening, informative and friendly tone.  This put the audience at ease. The young ladies learnt about the disease, its risks, symptoms, detection and treatments available and the growing survivorship community and most of the entire first step towards empowerment- the self breast examination.  The primary concern of the young women was reaching this knowledge and information to their mothers. Many young hands went up asking questions on screening, prognosis of family members having other cancers, prevention, diets and request for programs in their community.  Dr Rama spoke on her personal experience with cancer and the importance of early detection and her cure.  The staff and many young women showed keen interest in creating community awareness

PSRD talk
3rd Feb 2016
Awareness Lecture on Cancer Prevention
An awareness lecture on cancer prevention given by Dr. Shona Nag on Feb 3rd, 2016 to members of Rotary Club Pune, Riverside.

Rotary Club Pune
12th Dec 2015
Rotary Club of Pune Central Bulletin
Disease Prevention and Treatment:
Dr.(Mrs) Shona Nag, Senior Oncologist at Jehangir Hospital and a specialist in cancer care, held the audience spellbound with a hard hitting presentation on cancer awareness. Her talk, filled with facts, was a powerful reminder that awareness is the key. Dr. Shona highlighted that the increase in life expactancy, changes in diet and growing pollution have resulted in an increase in the prevalence of cancer, not only in India but world over. Mortality rates, though, are higher in India because of late detection. She emphasized that early detection is key to cure and this is where Rotarians can help, by organizing cancer detection camps and by spreading awareness. Dr. Shona informed us that breast and cervical cancer in women, and colon, lungs and prostrate cancer in men, is increasingly visible. While cervical cancer is more prevalent in rural women, there are more instances of breast cancer in urban women. She said prevention methods, such as vaccines adminstered to young girls, are effective but do not obviate the need for periodic screening in later years Dr. Shona touched on new treatments such as immunotherapy that go to the root cause of cancer and where results are good but did remind us that at a cost of 8 to 10 lacs per cycle, afforadbility is a constraint especially for rural communities. Dr. Shona's story of her own grandmother being detected with cancer, years after giving up smoking, and her grandmother's saying "oh, then why did I give up smoking?" was wry and a reminder that the risk of cancer continues beyond the habit.

PSRD talk
18th Oct 2015
PSRD talk on GP meet
The Nag Foundation sponsored a talk on womens cancers for the GPs of Sinhagad Doctors association on Sunday 18th October

The Breast Clinic
17th Oct 2015
The Breast Clinic at Sant Dyaneshwar Hospital Bhosari
The Breast Clinic at Sant Dyaneshwar Hospital Bhosari was inaugurated on 17th October. Mammography machine was donated by the Nag Foundation earlier this year. Free Mammograms will be offered to women over 40 this month

Poona Club women cancer awareness
13th Oct 2015
Poona Club women cancer awareness programme
On Tueday 13th of October, Dr Pranjali Gadgil and Dr Shona Nag addressed women at the Ladies Meet at Poona Club on breast health and breast cancer treatments. This was followed by a Q and A session

11th Oct 2015
Pinkathon 2015
The Pinkathon is one of India’s biggest women’s run to spread awareness of breast cancer. As a prelude to the run, the Cancer Shero Trek was organised especially for cancer patients and survivors on October 11th 2015 to the Tarjai WINNER FOR LIFE programme held on the 17th of October 2015 showcased 12 women who stand testimony to the fact that cancer can be cured, cancer does not prevent women from living to the fullest. “Through interactions, discussions and dialogue, we can make a difference in facing the stigma and silence too often associated with the disease.” The programme aimed at telling women at large that as cancer patients and survivors who have faced a misfortune, they have used the disease for their own personal growth and through their testimony hopethat women will benefit from their experiences. Through the interactions of Dr. Shona Nag, medical oncologist,Dr. Prajanli Gadgil, Breast Surgeon, Dr. Snita Kumar, Oncosurgeon and Sr. Shobha Kardile, Daycare in Charge with the Breast Cancer survivors , many of the myths surrounding the disease and its treatment and the survivors’ personal triumphs will be shared. As a part of our ongoing program to educate children on the perils substance abuse and making good life choices sessions were held in various institutions

IDCON 2015
10th Oct 2015
IDCON 2015 was held on 10th Oct for general practitioners of pimpri chinchwad
IDCON 2015 was held on 10th Oct for general practitioners of pimpri chinchwad. Nag foundation sponsored and conducted a symposium on common cancers in India. Dr Kanitkar and Dr Gadgil lectured to an audience of over 200 people

IMS program
30 Aug 2015
IMS program at Hotel Deccan Rendezvous
The IMS program was finally held on 30th August at Hotel Deccan Rendezvous. Great academic discussions took place on Geneva malignancies.

Women's Cancer Awareness
15 Aug 2015
Women's Cancer Awareness at Bishops School
The nag foundation together with Jehangir hospital conducted a women's cancer awareness at Bishops School Camp on 15 th of August at 11 am. The program started with a general lecture by Dr Nag followed by a short presentation of the Nag foundation by Rebecca Dsouza. Faith Penumaker, one of our breast cancer survivors shared her experience. The session concluded with Dr Pranjali Gadgil conducting a lively Q and A session on breast cancer.450 lady teachers of Bishop school attended this program

Awareness lecture
09 Aug 2015
Awareness lecture at Pancard Club
Awareness lecture for GP association Karvenagar at Pancard Club Baner on 9th August.
Dr Maiya and Dr Nag spoke regarding cervical cancer and cancer in India respectively.

Presentation on Breast
08 Aug 2015
Presentation on Breast Friends Pune
Rebecca Dsouza gave a wonderful presentation on Breast Friends Pune at the AMMOS conference to mark 50 years of Indian Cancer Society on Saturday 8th August at Maratha Chamber of Commerce.
This was followed by an animated panel discussion.

An awareness talk
07 June 2015
An awareness talk by Medical Capa Trust at Chinchwad
An awareness talk was held on 7th June at Hotel Emerald Park Chinchwad by Dr Nag The program was organized by the Medical Capa Trust and was attended by prominent doctors, businessmen and citizens of the area This was later followed by Q and A session conducted by Dr Walke and Lunch.

 Cancer Prevention Program
27 May 2015
Cancer Prevention Program at Siemens Ltd
talk on cancer prevention was given by Dr Nag on 27th May for IT exectives at Siemens Ltd at Senapati Bapat Rd - this was followed by a Q and A session.

Awareness Lecture
15 May 2015
An Awareness Lecture at Labournet, Rasta Peth.
this was a talk for the ladies of Labournet who are training as beauticians at Rastapeth on the 15th of May About 50 women attended and asked many questions

Lonavla Awareness
27 april 2015
Lonavla Awareness Talk
On 27th April 2015, a cancer awareness talk was organized by the Jain Community, Lonavla. The talk was attended by over 35 women. Different issues related to breast and cervical cancer was discussed. Dr. Shriram Inamdar and Rebecca de Souza conducted the session.

Talk on Cancer
24 april 2015
Talk on Cancer Prevention
There was a talk on Cancer Prevention at Siemens Technology & Services Pvt Ltd. Baner Pune on Friday 24th, 2015 at 1030 hrs. It was followed by a Q and A session - the participants were very enthusiastic.

Awareness lecture
08 mar 2015
Awareness lecture to the women of Vadgaon Sheri
On 8th of March Dr Nag gave a breast cancer awareness lecture to the women of Vadgaon Sheri. This lecture was organized by Saifee Ambulance Camp. Over 50 women attendedthis lecture.

Awareness lecture
27 feb 2015
Awareness lecture for ladies of the Jain Association
Jehangir hospital in association with the Nag Foundation conducted awareness lectures and a check up camp for ladies of the Jain Association at the Arihant Pratishthan Jain Sthanak at Wadgaonsheri Pune. 60 ladies participated and a free clinical breast examination was carried out for all women.

Unique Cancer Awareness
11 feb 2015
Unique Cancer Awareness Activity for lady employees
Health Department had arranged a "unique Cancer Awareness Activity for lady employees" of CVBU and PVBU on Wednesday 11th Feb'2015 as requested by lady employees on occasion of Women's Day.

Activity comprised of:-

  • Awareness talks on two most common cancers in Female population- Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer. Renowned Cancer specialist Dr Shona Nag and Breast cancer specialist Dr Ms P Gadgil took the sessions.
  • Risk assessment forms were filled up by participants.
  • Counselling and Examination activity by Oncologist team of Jehangir Hospital depending on individual risk as per Risk forms who also advised on further tests to be done.
  • Pap Smear examination in Medical centre by Gynecologist team.
  • Analysis of these forms will be done and follow up of ladies requiring further tests will be done.
  • Pap Smear reports will be distributed through One to One counselling.
  • 285 lady employees attended this session.
  • 153 lady employees took benefit of Counselling and Examination by Oncologist.
  • 53 lady employees underwent Pap Smear examination.
  • Program was well appreciated by the lady employees

Awareness lecture
01 feb 2015
Awareness lecture for women of the Bohri community
A breast cancer awareness talk was arranged by the nurses of Saifee Ambulance Kirkee at the Bohri Masjid for women of the Bohri community living in the area on Sunday, 1st february at 11 am. Dr Nag of the Nag Foundation addressed them on early signs and symptoms of breast cancer and early detection.
Over 50 women attended. Later they had a one on one session with Dr Nag as well

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Sep 2016
Nag Foundation sets up Ganapati Mandal in Pune for Ganesh Chaturthi

To celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi this year, Nag Foundation, a Pune-based NGO involved in cancer awareness & research, has set-up a Ganpati Mandal on South Main Road, Koregaon Park with the theme of Breast Cancer. This unique mandal has been specially designed to create awareness about breast cancer, and to encourage women to get themselves checked on a regular basis to avoid late detection of cancer.

Koregaon Park Corporator, Mrs. Vanita Rajendra Wagaskar has taken this pubic initiative to set up the mandal, with the assistance of Nag Foundation to help educate the residents and visitors about the disease.

Dr. Shona Nag, Oncologist & Trustee, Nag Foundation said, “In India alone, there are more than a million breast cancer survivors. The health of our women is very important, and setting up the mandal with Mrs. Wagaskar’s complete cooperation & support is one of the many activities that we run to help create awareness about cancers in women; breast cancer being the most common. Most cases for breast cancer come in very late, and that makes treatment that much harder. If women are able to self-examine and come in regularly for breast check-ups, we can save many more lives. The need of the hour is to educate more people”.

With regards to the association, Corporator, Mrs. Vanita Wagaskar commented, “In the last few years, we have seen a steep rise of breast cancer amongst basti-dwellers in Pune. We wanted to take advantage of the popularity of Ganesh Chaturthi to spread the message that early detection of breast cancer can save lives”.

For all 10 days of Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations, the mandal will sport a theme of pink, the colour that represents breast cancer. The mandal will be decorated in pink flowers, pink lights, and the Ganesh idol will also be dressed in pink. Each day about 200-300 devotees attend evening prayers at this mandal, and each day there will be pink ribbons, along with information brochures on cancer distributed amongst attendees.

On Friday, 9th September 2016, there is a special program at the mandal, starting at 7.30 PM, which will include aarti, a street dance performance by women associated with Nag Foundation and an awareness talk about breast cancer detection, treatment and care-giving by Dr. Shona Nag, Oncologist and Trustee, Nag Foundation.
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Mar 2016
International Women's Day Celebration

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Oct 2015
Breast Cancer Survivors

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jun 2015
Gene tests indicative of cancer risks
Umesh Isalkar, Pune
Umesh Isalkar, Pune Shivani, a 50-year-old housewife has a family history of cancer. Her mother died of breast cancer when she was 55 and her sister, a doctor in the US, has ovarian cancer which is in remission.

Shivani was treated five years ago for breast cancer and is currently under treatment for ovarian cancer. Both Shivani and her sister tested positive for the BRCA1, a cancer gene mutation responsible for the hereditary breast ovarian cancer syndrome.

She has a 21-year-old unmarried daughter and on the advice of her sister went ahead with genetic testing for her. The daughter has also tested positive for the BRCA1 gene which means that her chances of developing breast cancer during her lifetime are up to 80% and ovarian cancer, 40-50%. Shivani's daughter is in a dilemma which is faced by most Indian families with a family history of cancer. Doctors, while emphasizing the importance of genetic testing, underline that having a cancer gene means the person is at high risk but it does not indicate that he or she will definitely get it.

"The recommended management for a situation like the one faced by Shivani's daughter is rather drastic - removal of both breasts and ovaries. This brings down the risk of cancer to below 5% and not 0%. But one has to think about the daughter's quality of life - her chances of marriage and childbearing," said medical oncologist Shona Nag.

Hollywood actor Angelina Jolie had a bilateral mastectomy and later had her ovaries removed. Another person may decide to have more rigorous screening done rather than surgery. It is a choice every individual has to make after getting all the data, Nag said.

Sharing her view, breast surgeon Anupama Mane said, "Genetic testing gives us an idea of cancer risk and is not absolute. If a person tests positive for the cancer gene it means that he or she is at a high risk for getting the cancer, but it does not mean that he or she will definitely get it - it is important to keep this perspective in mind during genetic testing."

Breast and ovarian cancers are not the only ones with a strong genetic basis. About 20% of colon cancers are inherited or associated with a strong history of colon cancer in the family in the west. Western lifestyle has increased the incidence of colon cancer in our community.

Surgical oncologist Sujai Hegde said, "In India, the incidence of hereditary colon cancer is 8-10%." Hegde recommends screening for all patients with ulcerative colitis or those with
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World No Tobacco Day

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april 2015
Comprehensive care for breast
cancer much needed: Experts
Umesh Isalkar, Pune
Fifty-year-old Shubha felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast, consulted a doctor who asked her to undergo an ultrasound, which revealed a lump. A pathologist then conducted a fine needle aspiration test and reported the lump as normal. Shubha was sent home with the assurance that there was no malignancy (cancer). What doctors did not realize then was that the test could be `false negative.' The tumour grew over time, and became inoperable due to its big size. Shubha needed chemotherapy first to first shrink the lump before she could undergo surgery .

In another case, 32-yearold Radhika, a Daund resident, was still breastfeeding her child when she noticed a lump in her breast. Given her age, the lump was thought to be `nothing serious'. It was immediately removed without an appropriate ultrasound and needle biopsy . To her surprise, it later turned out to be cancer and she was taken to Pune. A second surgery was performed as the first procedure was not enough for a cancerous lump.

Doctors say both the cases could have been dealt with better if there was a `breast care centre', a facility providing protocol-based diagnostic care, in place. They said breast care centres providing 360-degree care were much needed as care for breast diseases in Indian cities is cur rently fragmented.

While there are good surgeons, oncologists and radiation facilities, but these services are scattered and unable to work out holistic comprehensive care. Alarming statistics for breast cancer in India makes breast care centres in line of those in developed countries, the need of the hour, experts said.

"The concept of a breast centre is not new. In most developed countries, breast centres are developed as a wing of a specialty hospital, so that a woman facing a breast complaint or one who needs a routine exam, can get all care under one roof. Services such as mammography , ultrasound, image-guided biopsy are provided under one roof along with consultation with breast disease specialists. This care is delivered in a space that keeps a woman's comfort in mind," said consultant breast surgeon and breast surgical oncologist Pranjali Gadgil of Jehangir hospital.

Elaborating, Gadgil said, "The diagnosis and treatment planning is done expeditiously, so that a woman with a noncancerous (benign) condition can be reassured without undue hospital visits. Women who suspect malignancy (cancer) are assessed by radiologists and breast surgeons together so they don't suffer due to fragmented
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Pink Friends