Saturday, 1 May 2010

Brain Tumour Foundation of India

Brain tumours, the second most common group of childhood tumours, pose special challenges in diagnosis, management and long-term follow-up. A close co-operation between neurosurgeons, radiation oncologists, paediatric oncologists, neuroradiologists and neuropathologists is needed for optimal management of these children

The Brain Tumour Foundation of India is a non-profit organisation which is committed to reducing the physical, emotional and financial suffering associated with diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients with these tumours, and their families. Various health professionals and allied professionals from Tata Memorial Hospital and King Edward Memorial Hospital, along with other organisations in Mumbai who share an interest in patients with brain tumours came together and set up this foundation nearly 10 years ago.

Although based primarily in Mumbai, the foundation is keen to reach out to patients with brain tumour across the country. Its three main objectives are
  1. Quality Treatment and Care: Support for chemotherapy drugs, materials/medicines needed during surgery and radiotherapy.
  2. Social and Psychological Support: Activities included monthly support group meetings, celebrating festivals, organising art events, producing greeting cards (see figures) educational support, advocacy and other similar activities.
  3. Research

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