Interview with Mrs. Uma Pai, Breast Cancer Survivor, Bangalore
Jun
17
6:00 PM18:00

Interview with Mrs. Uma Pai, Breast Cancer Survivor, Bangalore

Interview with Mrs. Uma Pai, Breast Cancer Survivor, on 17th June 2019, Bangalore. Words fall short with the mention of Mrs. Uma Pai.. age is just a number for Mrs. Pai... full of energy, positive attitude towards life and most importantly her selfless support and contributions towards the community. She is part of Cancer support groups, empowering patients & their families in addition to working for the visually impaired people & helping them to become independent. She is the Founder of Uma's Realty The Hub. She is the winner of the Women of Future Awards 2017, in addition to being recipient of many awards & honors for being Breast Cancer advocate and also for her tremendous contributions towards the society from all spheres. I have noticed her selfless gestures when she connected me to St Johns, Kidwai & HCG hospitals. Hats off to Mrs. Uma Pai... meeting her, interviewing her was one of my greatest moments.... Thank you Mrs. Pai for all your help, support & most importantly, I am so blessed to receive the warmth of your love & affection. A true inspiration for our society..our beloved Hero! Thank you again Mrs. Ambili Santhosh, without you, I would have never got the opportunity to meet Mrs. Pai. Interview with Mrs. Pai will be posted on BCH website soon, & we can learn so much from her inspirational life!

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17th June, 2019: Session at Niramai Health Analytix, Bengaluru
Jun
17
11:00 AM11:00

17th June, 2019: Session at Niramai Health Analytix, Bengaluru

Niramai Health Analytix, 17th June, 2019: Sincerely thankful to Dr. Geeta Manjunath for inviting me to deliver a talk where I presented the ground reality of Breast Cancer. It’s my privilege meeting you & each & every amazing person in your team working towards the cause. I am so amazed by Niramai’s Thermalytix innovative cancer screening technology to detect early stage malignancy in a privacy aware, radiation-free way with no pain, no see & no touch. This is a breakthrough in the early screening process & hopefully more healthcare centers will adapt Thermalytix in future.. Great work & so proud to collaborate with the Niramai team!

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17th June, 2019, Session with Sahai,Prameyahealth FENS initiative
Jun
17
2:00 AM02:00

17th June, 2019, Session with Sahai,Prameyahealth FENS initiative

17th June, 2019, Session with Sahai, a Prameyahealth FENS initiative: Thank you Dr. Geetha Manjunath for connecting to Dr. Sandhya Ravi and inviting me for a discussion with the Sahai team. Breast Cancer Hub is honored to collaborate with Sahai team that addresses the Unmet needs of supportive care in women diagnosed with Breast Cancer in India free of cost. The multidisciplinary supportive care approach targets Health care information; cosmesis, prosthesis, & lymphedema care; yoga-music-dance therapy; emotional counselling and supervised physical exercise. It was great meeting the Sahai team (from left to right): Vani Anand-Grooming expert & cancer survivor; Swathi Raghavendra-Yoga therapist; Nita Pramod-Sahai program coordination; Dr. Mala Venugopal-psychologist & spiritual guide; Dr. Jayshree-immunologist; Dr. Mahalakshmi-Radiation oncologist; Dr. Sandhya Ravi-Breast surgeon, Program director, Sahai; Dr. Bapsy-Senior Medical Oncologist, Program Director & advisor; Dr. Poonam Maurya-Medical Oncologist; Dr. Lalitha Priya-Nutritionist; Ms Anuvinda-psycho oncologist

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15th June, 2019, Kumarswamy Layout, Bengaluru Outreach
Jun
15
6:00 PM18:00

15th June, 2019, Kumarswamy Layout, Bengaluru Outreach

15th June, 2019, Kumarswamy Layout Bengaluru, Breast Cancer Awareness Outreach: Our heartfelt thanks to Srilaxmi Gunda from Charlotte for connecting me to her sister Dhanalaxmi K F from Bangalore. Hats off to Srilaxmi, Dhanalaxmi & Mr. Raghavendra Raje for their immense support and help in organizing two outreaches (14th & 15th June). The session was organized at Kumarswamy layout, Bangalore and received amazing response and interest. The Kannada Breast Self Exam card was given to each and very person attending the session & everyone realized the importance of early screening. Sincerely thankful to Anand KN, Indumati KL, Rohan Kashyap A and Shreya A, for opening their house for the event. Immensely thankful to Purnima K.S, her mother Girija, daughters Rakshita P S and Shreeraksha P.S for their support, love and affection.

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Interview in Kannada from Breast Cancer Survivor, Bengaluru, June 15, 2019
Jun
15
6:00 PM18:00

Interview in Kannada from Breast Cancer Survivor, Bengaluru, June 15, 2019

15th June, 2019: Hats off to Mrs. Jyoti Burs, Stage II, 10 year Breast Cancer Survivor, who has spoken about her journey in Kannada to help those who can only understand Kannada. Mrs. Burs' inspiring life will give hope to women & men fighting Breast Cancer! So amazed to meet such a wonderful woman-full of life, positivity & strength! Our Inspiration!

Mrs. Jyoti Burs' story and interview will be posted at Breast Cancer Hub website soon.

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Chunchaghatta Bengaluru Outreach, June 14, 2019
Jun
14
6:00 PM18:00

Chunchaghatta Bengaluru Outreach, June 14, 2019

14th June, 2019, Chunchaghatta, Bengaluru, Breast Cancer Awareness: Our heartfelt thanks to Srilaxmi Gunda from Charlotte for connecting me to her sister Dhanalaxmi K F from Bangalore. Hats off to Srilaxmi, Dhanalaxmi & Mr. Raghavendra Raje for their immense support and help in organizing two outreaches (14th & 15th June).The session was organized at Yoga center at Chunchaghatta, Bangalore and was very fruitful with lot of interactions later. The Kannada Breast Self Exam card was given to each and very person attending the session & everyone understood the importance of early screening. It was a privilege meeting Dhanalaxmi's family- Mr. Krishna H Fattepur and their son Prithvi K F and thank you for all your affection. Immensely thankful to Mr. Sheshadri,and his family Srilakshmi H.G, Shanranya B S and Sharvani B S, for organizing the event at their center, sincerely appreciate

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Mumbai
Aug
20
6:00 PM18:00

Mumbai

The power of network… my friend Mrs. Vidya Chandrasekhar, from USA, introduced me to her friend Mrs. Bindu Goyal from Mumbai who became a collaborator with BCH. Thank you so much Mrs. Chandrasekhar & Mrs. Goyal for all your help & support! Mrs. Goyal further interacted with Mrs. Archana Deshmukh who organized the event at Geeta Bhavan, Sunder Nagar, Malad (west), Mumbai. I have no words to express my thanks to Mrs. Deshmukh for all her sincere efforts & selfless gesture.

Special thanks to  Mrs. Manju Joshi, Yoga teacher, for her huge support. My heartfelt thanks to all who attended the session.

The presentation emphasized on the current scenario of Breast Cancer in India and what are the key factors causing late diagnosis. It was a very rewarding session, since there were many questions from the audience & lot of interactions.

I was so proud of Mrs. Manjit Kaur, who came forward after my presentation, speaking up about her condition for the first time, breaking the barrier of shyness & talking about her journey. Mrs. Kaur  was diagnosed with Metastatic Breast Cancer at the age of 43 in 2016. With the help & support of her loving husband, kids, parents, in-laws, members of her  joint family, her tremendous believe in God, and her own will power, she proudly is a survivor today. I cannot even express how happy I am today for Mrs. Manjit Kaur who has gathered the courage to come forward and now she is an inspiration for all the women & men with Metastatic Breast Cancer. Hats off to Mrs. Manjit Kaur – a Hero!! Interview with Mrs. Kaur and full story & family photos will be published on BCH website.

By Lopamudra Das Roy, Ph.D
Founder & President, Breast Cancer Hub

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Kolkata
Aug
18
6:00 PM18:00

Kolkata

I would like to convey my heartfelt thanks  to Mrs. Sandhya Das who organized the event in Kolkata at her residence. I met Mrs. Das in US at her daughter Dr. Manali Das’s residence early this year and was sharing my work on Breast cancer awareness programs I was planning to conduct in India targeting embarrassment, taboo & ignorance. I was amazed to see the eagerness in Mrs. Das to help in spreading the word. Mrs. Das not only agreed to build the network but also organized the event in Kolkata, inviting her network of friends, family and neighbors. Hats off to Mrs. Das for her initiative and understanding the grimness of this disease. Thank you for your collaboration. I would also like to thank Mrs. Shompa and Mrs. Susmita Das for helping Mrs. Sandhya Das organize the event!

I am immensely thankful to Mrs. Simi Chakraborty, Mrs. Chandrani Dutta and Mrs. Kaushiki Chakraborty for making it to the event & supporting the cause, even though they had a very busy day. Cannot thank you all enough for being on the Connectors Committee of BCH!

My utmost thanks to Ms. Susmita Naha for coming to the event in-spite of her other commitments the same evening, so grateful for being on the connectors committee of BCH! Enormously appreciative of Mrs. Shilpi Gupta for coming,  even though it was not a convenient day/time for her… so nice of her!

By Lopamudra Das Roy, Ph.D
Founder & President, Breast Cancer Hub

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Janata College, Kabuganj, Assam
Aug
16
5:30 PM17:30

Janata College, Kabuganj, Assam

http://janatacollege.in

I am so thankful to Dr. Shirtaz Begum, Assistant Prof. Dept. of Philosophy, for supporting the cause and inviting me to Janata College, Kabuganj, Assam, to talk on Breast Cancer Awareness, sincerely appreciate your thoughts & perspectives. Thanks to the Women’s cell, Janata College, Kabuganj for organizing the event. I am so thankful to Dr. Sima Ghosh, Associate Prof. & Head, Bengali Dept. and Mrs. Soma Bhattacharjee, Assistant Prof. & Head, Philosophy Dept., for giving me the long distance ride to the College & I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation on our way back & forth. I am so grateful to Dr. Sudipta Khersa, Assistant Prof. Bengali Dept., Dr. Usha Rani Sharma, Assistant Prof. Dept. of Manipuri and Dr. Munni Deb Mazumder, Assistant Prof. Dept of English & Ms. Gayotri Singha, Assistant Prof. Dept. of English  for their immense support & cooperation. My sincere thanks to the Principal, Sri. S.C Nath, for his words of encouragement and the honor. My heartfelt gratitude for the Faculties & Students who attended the session, for your kind presence & supporting the cause. Thanks to the young generation-student wing who helped organize the event along with the Faculties.

I was so enthralled to meet the students, so pleased to see their curiosity and desire to support the cause & spread the word of early detection by breaking the barrier of shyness.

Overall, a very fulfilling event, with faculties and students coming up with assurance that they will take the knowledge to their network of families, friends & society and help spread the message about early detection & convince others to come out of embarrassment & speak about Breast health.

By Dr. Lopamudra Das Roy
Founder & President, Breast Cancer Hub

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Gurucharan College, Silchar, Assam
Aug
14
5:30 PM17:30

Gurucharan College, Silchar, Assam

http://gurucharancollege.ac.in/homepage.html

I cannot express how happy I was to be invited to my own college from where I did my undergraduation (B.Sc Honors) to speak on “Sensitisation and Awareness on Breast Cancer and Taboos” organized by Kiron Sashi Women’s Cell (KSWC), G.C College. My heartfelt thanks for the honor, and all the time & efforts to organize. So thankful to my loving friend from Holy Cross School, Dr. Madhudeepa Dey, Lecturer & Guest Faculty, Assam for connecting with Dr. Madhumita Dey, President KSWC & Associate Prof. & Head, Botany Dept., who further supported the cause & invited me to come and present. Sincerely grateful Dr. Madhudeepa for your kind gesture. Sincerely appreciate the flawless execution of KSWC in organizing the seminar—Dr. Madhumita Dey, President KSWC & Associate Prof. & Head, Botany Dept; Dr. Ruma Paul, Secretary, KSWC & Associate Prof., Dept. of Economics; Dr. Debipreeta Dutta, Organizing Secretary of the cell & Assistant Prof. Dept. of Zoology. In addition, I am thankful to Rotaract club G.C college members, Ms. Ananya Dutta, Mr. Sawmitro Roy and others for coming forward to help.

Sincerely thankful to the Principal of G.C College, Dr. Bibhash Deb, for the honor & felicitation & his kind words. I was so delighted to meet Dr. Seba Roy, Associate Prof. & Head, Dept. of Zoology, and thankful to all the Faculties and Students for their gracious presence. Thank you Dr. Debipreeta Dutta for being as loving as before, taking me back to our College days together where you showered the same affection & love being one year senior to me.

I was so enchanted to meet the students of Zoology Department, so happy to see their interest and passion to contribute altruistically to this cause. Each student can take the message forward to their own network and I was so pleased to see the eagerness on their attitude and expressions.

Finally, it was a very nostalgic moment, same place, same department, same stairs I shared with my friends and/but today they were not here with me but I was beeming with pride and privilege to be sitting with the young enthusiastic generation… the future!!! Thank you all for making me feel at home once again!

By Dr. Lopamudra Das Roy
Founder & President, Breast Cancer Hub

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Gurdwara Outreach
Aug
14
9:30 AM09:30

Gurdwara Outreach

Blessed to be in Gurdwara! Thanks to Mr. Sandip Walia who reached out to me to conduct an awareness session in Gurdwara!

The event was organized by All Assam Sikh Youth Association (AASYA). Aasya is a youth body which comprises of both Boys and Girls wing. Aasya draws its inspiration from Sikh ideals of Sewa. Aasya is mainly focused on socio-cultural, educational, charitable evemts. Aasya regularly organizes Tree plantation drives to protect the environment. In addition, Aasya also organizes many sports and cultural activities. Aasya has been divided into five zones: Dibrugarh zone; Guwahati zone; Jorhat zone; Nagaon zone; North bank zone. Aasya Facebook page: www.facebook.com/aasyacb/ ; Twitter: www.twitter.com/aasyach/

I am so happy to be associated with Aasya and it would my privilege if we can together reach out to all zones of Aasya and their respective outreaches. Thank you so much Dimpa Kaur, Rameet Kaur, Kirandeep Kaur ad Simardeep Kaur from Aasya for coming forward to collaborate and take it forward about Breast Cancer awareness and the importance of early detection via the most simple screening processes. Sincerely appreciate the efforts of the President Mr. Mahinder Singh Khalsa, Mr. Prabhdeep Singh, Secretary and Mr Arvinder Pal Singh, Treasurer for all your work and amazing organization – AASYA.

The presentation focused on the important issues with Breast Cancer and emphasizing on early detetion which is the key via Breast self examination and other screening processes.

By Dr. Lopamudra Das Roy
Founder & President, Breast Cancer Hub

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Anganwadi Outreach
Aug
13
9:30 AM09:30

Anganwadi Outreach

Anganwadi workers & helpers from Borjalenga village and Silchar outskirts-rural sectors organized by Nivedita Nari Sangstha, Kabiuara, Meherpur, Silchar. Thanks to Child Development Project Officer (CDPO), Mr. Rajkumar Kedia for his help in organizing.

My sincere and heartfelt thanks to Mr. Subir Roy, Planning and Development Officer and Mrs. Diba Roy, Secretary, Nivedita Nari Sangstha for understanding the importance of Breast Cancer awareness and organizing the program by bringing in the Anganwadi workers. I am extremely thankful to all the members & staffs who helped in organizing the event. Without you all, the outreach would not have been possible. Sincerely grateful to Ms. Anwara Begum Laskar (helper); Ms. Sumedha Choudhury (Project Manager); Ms.  Mahmuda Khanam Laskar (Worker); Ms. Urmi Biswas (Principal); Mrs. Sweety Das (Instructor); Mrs. Diba Roy (Secretary); Ms. Barsha Deb (Instructor); Mr. Subir Roy (Planning and Development Officer). Sincere thanks to Mrs. Kanchan Bhaya (Senior Process Consultant, TechnipFMC) for coming up and helping during the event.

Anganwadi is a type of rural child care centre in India. They were started by the Indian government in 1975 as part of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) program to combat child hunger and malnutrition. They help in providing basic education for children and enrolling women to undertake antenatal care. They are also responsible for immunization of children and pregnant women.

Extremely thankful to the Anganwadi workers and helpers from Borjalanga village & Silchar outskirt rural areas for coming in-spite of the difficult transport, distance & challenging hot weather. I had enormous rounds of interactions with Anganwadi workers and how they can collectively come together to support Breast Cancer awareness & explain Breast self examination since the Anganwadi workers have direct outreach to the rural sectors – mothers who bring their children to them, women undertaking antenatal care, and other women from various divisions. They have a great opportunity to take the message forward (I will guide them through & through) to the rural India.

The talk was recorded so that with new Anganwadi workers, the women are enriched about breast health and how they can save themselves by Breast self exam.

My heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Kanchan Bhaya (Senior Process Consultant, TechnipFMC), for always being my strength and support; most importantly, for believing in the cause and coming forward to spread the word by collaborating.

Most notably, I am so thankful to Mr. Subir Roy, Planning and Development Officer, Nibedita Nari Sangstha, for always supporting the cause, understanding the importance of Breast Cancer awareness and always sharing the important aspects of Breast Cancer Hub posts via his social media. Thank you Mr. Roy, for your immense support and collaboration!

To note, many women came forward with issues about Breast health, they themselves suffering or their families going through the same but not opening up or visiting doctors - they were not aware that lumps, discharges were signs & may be Breast cancer & could cause death. An immensely rewarding session, with many women speaking up about their concerns after my presentation.

By Dr. Lopamudra Das Roy
Founder & President, Breast Cancer Hub

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Silchar Obstetric & Gynaecological Society
Aug
12
6:00 PM18:00

Silchar Obstetric & Gynaecological Society

The Silchar Obstetric & Gynaecological Society organized the event at Siva Sundari Narisikshasram & Ante-Natal Clinic, Silchar, Assam

My earnest thanks to Dr. Sarmistha Bhattacharya, Consultant, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, for believing in the cause and for taking the initiative and organizing the program so meticulously, inviting both the nurses and doctors.

 I was so honored that Dr. Bhattacharya invited Dr. Kumar Kanti Das (Dr. Lakhan Das), Director, Kalyani Hospital and Dr. Ravi Kannan, Director, Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre to chair the talk/session. It was a great feeling for me  to receive the words of encouragement and  positive feedback from Dr. Kannan and Dr. K. K Das, whose selfless service to mankind speaks no bounds. It was also my immense privilege to have Dr. Chandra Sekhar Das (my father), Retired HOD, Silchar Medical College, Dept of Pediatrics and now Senior Consultant to be present in the audience.

Thanks to Dr. Devanjana DuttaMajumdar, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist, for the generous introduction and coming for the event in-spite of a challenging situation.

My sincere thanks to all the respected doctors who have supported my viewpoints on the low survival frequency of Breast cancer and have come forward to work together to resolve this very grim and critical issue. My sincere thanks to Dr. C. S Das, Dr. Sumit Das, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Silchar Medical College & Hospital and other pediatricians coming forward to working together since they have a huge exposure to mothers bringing their kids/babies. I would sincerely like to thank Dr. Sumit Das for his collaboration!

Thanks to Mr. Sawon Roy & his colleague for having the technical aspects taken care so nicely.

I am so privileged to have Dr. Bhattacharya as a collaborator. In my interview with Dr. Bhattacharya (to be published on BCH website),  she brought up a very important point - painless lumps felt by breast self exam need to be immediately checked since many times, women ignore the lumps thinking it is not causing any pain. Great insights from Dr. Bhattacharya and the  interview will be posted on BCH website!

After the session, it was great interacting with the nurses, and I am so happy to see the eagerness within them to take forward the message of Breast self exam, spread it out within their own networks! Overall, a very fruitful session with doctors and nurses.

By Dr. Lopamudra Das Roy
Founder & President, Breast Cancer Hub

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Silchar Medical College, Department of Pathology
Aug
11
6:00 PM18:00

Silchar Medical College, Department of Pathology

http://smcassam.gov.in

Symposium on Breast Carcinoma in the Department of Pathology, Silchar Medical College, 11th August, 2018

It was my immense privilege to be invited by Dr. R. N. Chaubey, Prof & Head, Department of Pathology, Silchar Medical College to give a talk on Breast Carcinoma, special emphasis on Immunohistochemistry. All thanks to Dr. Monoj Kumar Deka, Associate Professor, Dept. of Pathology, Silchar Medical College and Consultant Pathologist at Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Center, Silchar for his initiative and organizing the event. I am thankful to Dr. Kannan, Director, and Rajeev Kumar, Head & Scientist, Research Division, Cachar Cancer Hospital for introducing me to Dr. Deka who happened to be there at the same time when I went to meet Dr. Kannan in July 2018 at Cachar Cancer Hospital.

Thanks to Dr. Shah Alam Sheikh, Associate Professor and Dr. Momota Naiding, Associate Professor, Pathology Department for chairing the session.

I was so happy to see the interest and enthusiasm of the MD  (Post graduate) candidates in the department who came to attend the talk and the valuable interactions.

Thanks to Dr. Monoj Deka for coming forward to collaborate in research, and as he suggested, we explore the survival rate of these pathological remission cases and correlate with the grade, stage, hormonal status. I believe that it is very critical to understand the many aspects of Breast Cancer scenario in North East India and working together, we can come up with new interesting findings. Thanks again for your valuable collaboration!

I am also so glad that Dr. Momota Naiding, has also expressed her desire to collaborate so we can work together to explore various pathology related to Breast Carcinoma.

By Dr. Lopamudra Das Roy
Founder & President, Breast Cancer Hub

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Assam University Outreach
Aug
9
9:30 AM09:30

Assam University Outreach

Assam University, A Central University (http://www.aus.ac.in/)

I was so honored to be invited by my Ph.D mentor, Professor. Sarbani Giri, Department of Life Science & Bioinformatics to give a talk on “ Awareness on Breast Cancer, Self Diagnosis, and its implications on Women Health”. My heartfelt thanks to Dr. Giri for supporting me and the cause and organizing the event. Thanks to Prof. Supriyo Chakravorty, Dean, School of Life Sciences for gracing the occasion. I am sincerely thankful to Dr. Anirudha Giri, Professor, Dept. of Life Science and all the other Faculties, Students and Staffs from AU for joining the event & believing in the cause. I was so delighted to see my Professor from G. C College, Dr. Mitra Dey, who is now Professor at Department of Ecology and Environmental Science, Assam University, attending the session.

Most importantly, I was speechless by the Research Scholars of the Department of Life Sciences, who have come forward to collaborate and take the message forward in their own provinces they come from. I am so proud of the young generation and their selfless gesture supporting the cause and coming together….My heartflet thanks to Ms. Malaya Ghosh, Ms. Pimily Langthasa, Ms. Puja Upadhaya, Ms. Sweety Nath Barbhuiya, Mr. Dharmesh Barhoi, Ms. Aparajita Das, Ms. Krishna Bhuiya, Ms. Mandira Lohar, Dr. Supriya Singh, Mr. Indranil Das, Mr. Arabinda Patar, Ms. Nijira Brahma, to name a few.

Finally, I am so thankful to Dr. Sarbani Giri for discussing the current scenario about Breast Cancer in India and bringing in very important facts. I always look upto Dr. Giri as my mentor and I feel so blessed today to get her viewpoints on this critical situation. Interview to be posted on BCH website.

By Lopamudra Das Roy, Ph.D
Founder & President, Breast Cancer Hub

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Dharmanagar Outreach, Tripura State
Aug
8
1:00 PM13:00

Dharmanagar Outreach, Tripura State

On 8th August 2018, I started early morning for Dharmagar by road, ~4.5 hours to reach Dharmanagar and ~5.5 hours to head back to Silchar on the same night. Sincerely thankful to Ms. Shilpi Roy from Blind and Handicapped association, with whom I coordinated and who helped me to do the outreach in Dharmanagar. Sincerely grateful to Mr. Tapan Kumar Bhattacharjee, Secretary of Blind and Handicapped association and all the members who came forward, organized such a wonderful event and also coming forward for collaboration. Blind and handicapped association NGO is working on Key Issues of Children, Differently Abled, Education & Literacy, Environment & Forests, Right to Information & Advocacy, Rural Development & Poverty Alleviation, Vocational Training, Women's Development & Empowerment. It is an honor to be associated so they can now take the messages forward!

By Dr. Lopamudra Das Roy
Founder & President, Breast Cancer Hub

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Sri Sarada Sangha, Nutan Patty, Silchar Branch
Aug
7
6:00 PM18:00

Sri Sarada Sangha, Nutan Patty, Silchar Branch

My sincere gratitude to the organizing committee of Sri Sarada Sangha Silchar Branch, for supporting the cause. During my presentations, I always take a survey to get a pulse of how many women in the audience undergo early detection screening.  Mrs. Nibedita Chakraborty from Sarada Sangha came up and declared that she was undergoing screening tests since she is a Breast Cancer candidate diagnosed in December, 2016. I was so amazed, so willingly she agreed to speak about her journey and how due to her vigilance, she was diagnosed at Stage 1.

We had discussions on diet and lifestyle and also about many factors related to cancer and other diseases in general. Mostly, in all the sessions, I am trying to emphasize on avoiding intake of certain products, people in NE India usually consume and that acts as carcinogen.

Extremely thankful to everyone for your interests and all the respected women present in the audience giving  me the assurance that from now onwards, they will take care of their breast health and perform breast self exam religiously and also other screening processes when needed.

By Lopamudra Das Roy, Ph.D
Founder & President, Breast Cancer Hub

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Cachar College, Silchar, Assam
Aug
7
10:00 AM10:00

Cachar College, Silchar, Assam

Cachar College (http://www.cacharcollege.ac.in/) Sessions 1 & 2:

My greatest gratitude for Dr. Anitya Binode Deb, Principal-in-charge, Cachar College, who took tremendous initiative in conducting two events on 7th August, 2018. Dr. Deb and I connected many months back (post October 2017) and I was so amazed by his thoughts and was thankful to him for understanding the critical situation about Breast Cancer in India, supporting the cause and  inviting me to come and address.

The first session from 11 AM was addressed for the students of Cachar College and the second Event from 1:30 PM onwards for the Faculty & Staffs. My utmost thanks to Mr. Joydeep Biswas, Associate Professor, Department of Economics & Head, Department of Statistics, Cachar College, an inspiration for everyone, for your huge support & generous introdcution. Finally, immensely thankful to Sucheta Women’s Cell Cachar College, Silchar, Assam for organizing both the events immaculately. Extremely thankful to Dr. Padmasree Chakrabarty, Associate Professor, Department of English and Secretary, on behalf of Sucheta Women’s Cell and Dr. Alshahiba Shamsuddin, Associate Professor & Head, Department of economics for coming forward to collaborate. Cachar college has adopted a remote village where they regularly conduct health camps and now we are collaborating to work on Breast Cancer Awareness in these areas.

I am so thankful to Dr. Alshahiba Shamsuddin, Associate Professor & Head, Department of economics, who has shown interest to penetrate into the few conservative societies never tapped before so we can collaborate and work together helping to break the stigma.

Extremely thankful to the Faculty and Students of Cachar College for your gracious presence and your interest and interactions. Breast Self exam printouts accepted very nicely by the young generation and Faculty. They will spread it in their respective households and network.

My heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Aparna Sutradhar, my dear friend from college & university, for coming for the event and meet me. It was such a great pleasure!

Also, thanks to Ms. Lipi Rongmei, Matron, Girls Common Room, Cachar College, who shared her own experience, how her niece lost the battle of Breast Cancer at very young age.

Finally, extremely thankful to Cachar College and Organizers for inviting print and press media coverage & bringing the issues into limelight. Thanks to Dainik Jugashanka (8th August, 2018) edition for covering the event and mentioning about the main issues on low survival with Breast Cancer in India that I discussed during my presentation. Also, thankful to Ishaan Bangla TV media for capturing the most important aspects that I am trying to bring forward about the situation of Breast Cancer in India & supporting the cause.

By Dr. Lopamudra Das Roy
Founder & President, Breast Cancer Hub

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Aug
5
5:30 PM17:30

Katha Bikalpa Parivaar

Sincerely thankful to Mr. Kamal Chakraborty, an integral part of Katha Bikalpa Parivaar along with the vibrant, thoughtful young generation for organizing the Breast Cancer Awareness event on 5th August, 2018. It was so great meeting the full team who work like a family. I am amazed to see the tremendous efforts you all are putting into various aspects of the society at such young age... hats off to you all... Katha Bikalpa Parivaaar! 

Katha Bikalpa Parivar consider themselves as not a group or organization but their alternative family. They work on social issues that need attention. They organize “Good Touch, Bad Touch” programs, give food to the poor, needy people and give clothes to them. Katha Bikalpa Parivaar also provides books for children who cannot afford to purchase. They try to stand beside the people below poverty line, provide basic clothing to children and also their admission fees for schools.

What amazed me the most during my interactions with Katha Bikalpa Parivar is their work towards environment conservation… their focus on dismissing the usage of plastics, preserving greenery by doing plantations, are other ways they are contributing relentlessly towards the development of the society.

The talk was followed by question – answer session and interactions that took the discussions into various dimensions… loved each moment spent with them…. A memorable afternoon! Katha Bikalpa Parivaar has also come forward to collaborate on the cause of Breast Cancer, and I am so looking forward to work with the dedicated young generation.

My utmost thanks to the print media, Dainik Jugoshankho and Shamayik Prashanga for supporting the cause & writing about the important aspects on Breast Cancer awareness I am trying to emphasize on their edition on 6th August, 2018 and thanks to the organizers for inviting the press.

I was also so happy to see my friend from college Akshay Nunia who came to meet me during the event...thanks so much Akshay, so great meeting you!!!

So proud of the young minds of “Katha Bikalpa Parivaar” for thinking so highly about the society. I was so honored to be amidst Katha Bikalpa Parivaar.

By Lopamudra Das Roy, Ph.D
Founder & President, Breast Cancer Hub

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Kumbha/Koomber Tea Estate, Udharband circle of Cachar district in Assam
Aug
3
1:30 PM13:30

Kumbha/Koomber Tea Estate, Udharband circle of Cachar district in Assam

My earnest thanks to Mr. Chitto Binode Deb, Proprietor, Devipore T.E

for his immense support and helping me to outreach in Kumbha/Koomber Tea Estate, Udharband circle of Cachar district in Assam. I am very thankful to Dr. Prosenjit Borah, Kumbha T.E Healthcare center, for organizing the event.

Mr. Deb introduced me to Ms. Beauty Malakar, Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) who was with me all throughout, learned the process of Breast self exam and also took the responsibility of reaching out to others in the village. She also took the accountability of helping the villagers if they came up with Breast abnormalities and giving them directions where to go next.  I met Dr. Prosenjit Borah, Medical officer at Kumbha T.E who volunteered to use the Breast self exam cards in local languages at their Health care center from now on and to give out the BSE cards to the local village communities. I also met nurses who showed immense interest and from now onwards will ask women & men  about their breast health and also give out free BSE cards.

The outreach in Kumbha/Koomber T.E was very satisfying with  interactions after. Each and everything I explained was new to them, so the session was impactful, and the response was very positive.

By Dr. Lopamudra Das Roy
Founder & President, Breast Cancer Hub

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Devipore Tea Estate,  Cachar District, Assam Outreach
Aug
3
1:00 PM13:00

Devipore Tea Estate, Cachar District, Assam Outreach

My earnest regards and thanks to Mr. Chitto Binode Deb, Proprietor, Devipore Tea Estate for his incredible help and support for the cause and outreach. Devipore tea estate is situated in the Southern part of Assam, India. He started this venture in the early 90’s with a view for satisfying his own passion and creating a platform for the localities to earn their daily bread and butter. Mr. Deb collaborated with BCH and volunteered in raising awareness within the community and society in local language, breaking social barriers and taboo. Because of Mr. Deb’s help, I could reach out to Devipore Tea Estate and created awareness about one’s breast health. Mr. Deb’s immense support for  BCH reflects his aspiration for service to common people. Mr. Deb has also helped me outreach in Kumbha Tea Estate, Udharband circle of Cachar district in Assam.

Mr. Deb introduced me to Ms. Beauty Malakar, Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) who was with me all throughout, learned the process of Breast self exam and also took the responsibility of reaching out to others in the village. She also took the accountability of helping the villagers if they came up with Breast abnormalities and giving them directions where to go next.  

The outreach in Devipore T.E was very satisfying with  interactions after. Each and everything I explained was new to them, so the session was impactful, and the response was very positive.

By Dr. Lopamudra Das Roy
Founder & President, Breast Cancer Hub

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Rotary Club of Green Land Silchar: Silchar, Assam
Aug
2
10:30 AM10:30

Rotary Club of Green Land Silchar: Silchar, Assam

Sincerely grateful to Mrs. Madhumita Paul, President, Rotary Club of Green Land Silchar, for coming forward and organizing the awareness program. Thanks to Rotaract club of G.C College, Silchar and Rotaract Club of Women's college, Silchar for coming forward to support the cause!

The session went on very well, with audience very receptive and many interested to take the messages forward. Sincerely thankful to Mr. Sandip Singh Walia who came forward after the session and invited me for an event in the Sikh community on 14th August. Sincerely thankful to Ms Shatakshi Bhattacharjee and Mr. Ashim Bhattacharjee for supporting the cause!

By Dr. Lopamudra Das Roy
Founder & President, Breast Cancer Hub

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Honor Meeting Breast Cancer Survivors, Silchar, Assam
Aug
1
to Aug 7

Honor Meeting Breast Cancer Survivors, Silchar, Assam

1st, 4th, 6th and 7th August, 2018

Meetings and Interviews with Breast Cancer Advocates. Full stories, more photos of the advocates with their families,  and Interviews posted on BCH Page: “Our Heroes” where we honor our advocates!

I met each of the Breast Cancer Survivors/advocates for the first time but was so thankful for accepting me and giving me their stories with loads of love and affection!

Proudly present our Breast Cancer Survivors/patients from Silchar, Assam. I salute their enthusiasm, spirit, courage and willingness to share their stories. They are the Heroes and Inspiration for our conservative Indian society and for the people across the world! They spoke their hearts, so others learn from their experiences… My sincere thanks and gratitude for these amazing brave women who came forward breaking the taboo!

Interviews with the advocates to learn their journey  will be published on BCH website and FB page soon! Thanks to Mrs. Tomali and Shibani Brahmacharee, Mrs. Sieuli Baidya and Mrs. Simi Chakraborty for connecting me to the Breast Cancer advocates in Silchar!