Dr V Shanta, A Pioneer In Cancer Care, Dies. PM Modi Pays Tribute

Cancer Institute founder Dr V Shanta dies: PM Modi condoled the death of Dr V Shanta chairperson of the Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai. "Dr V Shanta will be remembered for her outstanding efforts to ensure top quality cancer care...," PM Modi tweeted

Dr V Shanta, A Pioneer In Cancer Care, Dies. PM Modi Pays Tribute

Dr V Shanta, founder of Cancer Institute died in Chennai. PM Modi, others pay tribute

Dr V Shanta, veteran in cancer care died in Chennai  today. Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of Dr V Shanta, chairperson of the Adyar Cancer Institute in Chennai. She was 93. "Dr V Shanta will be remembered for her outstanding efforts to ensure top quality cancer care. The Cancer Institute at Adyar, Chennai is at the forefront of serving the poor and downtrodden. I recall my visit to the Institute in 2018. Saddened by Dr V Shanta's demise. Om Shanti, PM Modi tweeted. Dr V Shanta had played a key role along with Dr Krishnamurthi in the development of the cancer Institute.   

"As Chairwoman of the Cancer Institute at Adyar, Chennai, she championed the cause of providing health to those without wealth...," Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan said in his tribute to Dr V Shanta.   

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her condolence message wrote, "...Forever in service of the poor and needy, she lived in a room within the hospital premises, with the singular mission of cancer cure...".   

The Adyar Cancer Institute in its tribute to Dr V Shanta said, "Her entire medical life over 50 years has been dedicated to the mission of organizing 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."  

Dr V Shanta was instrumental in building the Adyar Cancer Centre from a small hospital with just 12 beds to an institute of international repute.

Dr V Shanta was awarded the Padma Shri in 1986 and the Padma Bhushan in 2006. A recipient of the Padma Vibhushan and the Ramon Magsaysay awards, Dr V Shanta will be remembered for her tremendous efforts towards making quality and affordable cancer treatment accessible for the underprivileged people.