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  • 21 January, 2021

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Dr. V Shanta passed away

Dr. V Shanta passed away

  • A pioneer in cancer care in the country, and the chairperson of the Adyar Cancer Institute, V. Shanta breathed her last in Chennai early on Tuesday morning. She was admitted to Apollo Hospitals after she complained of chest pain on Monday night. She was 93.

  • A crusader for cancer research and making cancer care affordable for all, Dr. Shanta and her mentor S. Krishnamurthi built the Cancer Institute from a cottage hospital into a 500-plus bedded institution, offering state-of-the-art care to people across the income spectrum. Only 40% are paying beds and the remaining are general beds where patients are boarded and lodged free of cost.
  • Dr Shanta was the recipient of several honours and awards throughout her life, recognising her devotion to oncology care and research. The Padma Vibhushan and Ramon Magsaysay awards were among them. Dr Shanta encouraged research into cancer care, even as she stressed building awareness in the community, to prevent cancer.
  • She was laid to rest with State-accorded police honours in the evening, with thousands participating in the funeral procession.

Source: TH


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