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Mobile Cancer Education & Detection Unit (MCEDU):
In collaboration with voluntary service organisations such as Lions Club, Rotary Club, Innerwheel, Jaycees, IMA, Karnataka Cancer Society, Philanthropic Trusts and others, the MCEDU conducts Cancer Education & Detection Camps in rural, semi urban & urban areas of Karnataka and in the neighbouring areas of other States. The main objective of the unit is to educate the public about cancer, its causes, prevention, early detection. For this purpose a special mobile bus fitted with mass miniature radiography and PAP test facility is used.
Cancer Control Activities:  

 The Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology being a Regional Cancer Centre is catering to the needs of cancer patients from Karnataka and neighbouring States. With the Institute’s past experience and statistical analysis showing incomplete treatment, lack of  follow-up in many patients due to poor economic condition, and  increase in patient load, we were finding it difficult to cope up with the increase in number.  Keeping this in mind, we planned to open Satellite Centres, all over the State in a phased manner, so that the patients get the treatment in their own districts.  

 To start with, we have established Satellite Centres at Gulbarga in the year 1990 and at Mandya in the year 1994.  Both the Centres are 50 bedded, with the diagnostic and treatment facilities including radiotherapy.

 Dist. Level Cancer Control activities are functioning at Dharwar and Chickmagalur.  An Oncology Wing has been established at KMC, Hubli, under the technical guidance of KMIO.  

Cancer Detection Clinic:

The Institute conducts well men and well women clinic, on every Saturday after prior registration. On an average weekly 20 persons utilise this facility for general health checkup with special emphasis on early cancer detection.
Community Programmes:
Dharmashala I : The community services of the Institute are wide ranging. Realising the needs of cancer patients, more an ordeal for the patient’s attendants to stay for months together in a city like Bangalore with spiraling room tariffs and escalating expenditure on food etc., and also considering anxiety situation of majority of patients and their attendants, cooking their food under the sky, taking shelter under the trees, sleeping in the corridors, the ‘Bangalore City Corporation Sri Venkateshwara Dharmashala’ a - unique project in the country was built. 
Dharmashala II (Infosys Dharmashala):  Since the Dharmashala-I was constructed 20 yrs. back, & as the patient load is increased, it is planned to construct the  second Dhamashala .  The Infosys Foundation came forward to construct & donate the building at a cost of Rs.2.5 crores.  The building is in progress and it will be handed over during the end of this year.

Perpetual Free Feeding Endowment Donation Scheme:

This scheme has been launched to feed cancer patients and their attendants free of cost lodged at Dharmashala on a designated day, year after year to commemorate the Birth, Marriage or Death Anniversary of the Donor or his nominee on payment of an Endowment donation of Rs.10,000/-. The response from the community has been overwhelming and that 365 lunches and 365 dinner feeding endowments have already been contributed by philanthropists so far.

Kidwai Cancer Drug Foundation:

In order to help thousands of poor and deserving cancer patients who need costly anti-cancer drugs for treatment "Kidwai Cancer Drug Foundation(KCDF)" was started from December 1991. The Government of Karnataka is sanctioning Rs.10.00 lakhs every year. Any donor who donates or collects and pays a total sum of Rs.1,00,008/- becomes a Trustee for a period of 40 years. A donor who donates Rs.10,008/- is entitled to become an endowment donor. The interest amount earned out of the above donations will be utilised for providing drugs to the poor and needy patients.

At present KCDF is housed in OPD block and run from 9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m..  A separate building at a cost of Rs.35.00 lakhs is being constructed to have a KCDF, which will work round the clock. 


The Shantidhama - " A Rehabilitation and Continuing Care Centre" is a unique project for managament of cancer patients. In this centre the patients are offered all diagnostic and treatment services and also psychological, spiritual, rehabilitation and occupation therapy services.

This project has been successfully completed through contributions from Helpage India, Voluntary Organisations, Philanthropists and host of others. This provide single room accommodation to 36 patients specially built with bath and sitout, a lounge and a kitchen.


The staff of Anti-tobacco Cell is involved in bringing about awareness among different categories of persons in the community on the harmful effect of tobacco usage through education wherever possible. Plan & Design of the study would evaluate the results of that education and further modify and apply the research results accordingly in different community settings and target group. Research on tobacco related cancer is also one of the objectives:


  1. Adoption of Schools/Colleges for anti-tobacco education.
  2. Organising & conducting training programmes for health personnel, teachers, VHG, etc.
  3. Conducting programmes to convey Anti-tobacco messages through guest lectures, exhibition, workshops, debates & painting competition.
  4. Adoption of taluk for Anti-tobacco education.
  5. Development of health education materials to the target group
  6. Conducting tobacco related studies .

Blood Transfusion Services:

Twenty Four Hours Service is provided with an on-call system to handle emergencies. The Blood Transfusion needs of the Institute are obtained from regular voluntary blood donation camps and relative/voluntary donors.

Blood Irradiator (BI-2000):

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