IGCS Council has selected Dr. Abhishek Shankar(Well-known oncologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Lady Hardinge Medical College) to receive a 2021 IGCS Distinguished Advocacy Award.
Dr. Abhishek Shankar is the founder of the Indian Society of Clinical Oncology where they are developing the capacity of young aspiring oncology. He was born and raised in Warisaliganj, Nawada.
He has done his intermediate level from Science College in Patna. Then he went to the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, then to the Christian Medical College, then to AIIMS, Delhi, then to the USA for a Cancer Control and Prevention fellowship, and then back to India.
This award recognizes advocates, other individuals, and advocacy organizations that provide active, dedicated service to patients/survivors, families, and caregivers on a local, regional, or international level and persistently engage in the fight against gynecologic and other cancers.
The IGCS annually honors up to three individuals and organizations from different regions of the world, with special consideration for those working together beyond their community or country of residence.
This award will be presented during the IGCS Annual Conference Opening Event is being held at the Auditorium Parco Della Musica in Rome, Italy, on September 1, 2021, at 12:45 PM CET. It will be broadcast virtually to delegates who are unable to travel.
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Chennai- Veteran oncologist V. Shanta who headed the Cancer Institute (WIA) here, popularly known as Adyar Cancer Institute died at a private hospital on Tuesday early morning.
A Padma Vibuhshan, Padma Bhushan, Padama Shri and Ramon Magsaysay awardee Shanta, 93 was admitted to a private hospital on Monday night as she was unwell.
Her end came on Tuesday early morning.
Expressing shock at Shanta's death, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said with her dedicated service she expanded and moderninsed the hospital that was started with 12 beds.
The hospital gave free cancer treatment for the poor, the Chief Minister said.
He said Shanta was instrumental in creating public awareness on the importance of periodic testing for detection of cancer.
Palaniswami said the Tamil Nadu government honoured Shanta with Avvaiyar Award in 2013.
Terming Shanta's death as an irreplacable loss for medical fraternity and Tamil Nadu, Palaniswami said she will be given police salute at time of her final rites.
Condoling Shanta's demise PMK Founder S. Ramadoss said when it comes to cancer the name that immediately comes to our mind is Shanta.
Born into a distinguished scientific family - her immediate grand uncle (C.V.Raman) and uncle (S. Chandrasekar)- Noble Laureates.
She graduated (M.B.B.S.) in 1949, D.G.O. in 1952 and M.D, in Obstetrics & Gynecology in 1955.
In April 1955, she joined the fledgling Cancer Institute, established in 1954 by the Womens' Indian Association Cancer Relief Fund, as its Resident Medical Officer.
PMK's Ramadoss said Shanta joined the Cancer Institute preferring over the Assistant Surgeon's Post in the Women & Children's Hospital, Madras, to which she had been selected by the Madras Public Service Commission.
Since then, Shanta's entire professional life was dedicated to the mission of organising care of cancer patients, the study of the disease, its prevention and control, the generation of specialists and scientists in different aspects of Oncologic Sciences.
She has played an important role along with Dr. Krishnamurthi in the development of the Cancer Institute (WIA) from a cottage hospital of 12 beds to a major comprehensive Cancer Centre of national and international stature. She has played a pioneering role in all the achievements of the Institute.
Shanta was on WHO Advisory Committee on Cancer till March 2005.
She was also Convener of the State Advisory Board on Cancer.
She has been the Chairman of the INDO-US Collaborative Group on Lymphoid Neoplasias (Indian Chapter), member of many ICMR Committees, member of the ICMR Task Force on Registries and member of the Syndicate of the Anna University.
She was President of the Indian Society of Oncology (88-90), President of the Asian & Pacific Federation of Organisations for cancer control (97-99) and President of the 15th Asian & Pacific Cancer Conference (1999). She has participated in a number of Scientific International Collaborative Programmes.
According to the Cancer Institute, Shanta has published over 95 papers in national and international journals, contributed chapters in Oncology books, delivered many prestigious orations and participated in many international and national conferences. (agency)