Maya Shahani is a Patron of the Cancer Patient’s Aid Association. With her active help and support CPAA set up a center for the early detection of cancer named after her mother-in-law
Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) is a registered charitable non-governmental organisation (NGO) working towards the Total Management of Cancer as a disease, which includes:
~ Spreading awareness on the dangers inherent in accepted social practices such as chewing of tobacco, early marriage, multiple pregnancies, etc, which are responsible for approximately 70% of cancers in India.
~ Initiating steps for the early detection of cancer since treatment at this stage leads to a cure in a majority of cases.
~ To provide complete assistance to cancer patients beyond that given by the medical profession, that is, taking a holistic approach, not attacking the malignancy in isolation.
Established in 1969, CPAA has a tradition of untiring service to needy cancer patients from all over India, and even neighbouring Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan. CPAA is an empathetic, reassuring, non-medical presence that has supported the treatment and overall needs of more than 40,000 cancer patients.
It believes that every cancer patient has a right to the full range of treatment, and a of 60 employees and 60 doctors make sure that they get it. An extensive network of influential well-wishers supports their our endeavours
From a well-meaning group of individuals who had laudable intentions but could only afford the distribution of fruits and newspapers, to a multi-faceted organization helping patients cope with every aspect of cancer, CPAA has grown exponentially in scope, size and influence.