Penn Nalam, which means women's' health in Tamil was started in August 2009 following Mrs.Radhika Santhanakrishnan's vision of saving women's lives on time from cancer.
We have made considerable progress in creating awareness among women particularly the socioeconomically disadvantaged. We have used innovative techniques like screening documentary made in English and Tamil, talks, puppetry, street plays and mimes about breast cancer to various women’s organizations including self help groups. In addition, we offer them screening facilities at our centre in Mandaveli and through our mobile units at their doorstep. We conduct workshop and education programs for medical and nursing staff to continue with best practices. Patients with breast cancer are supported with peer support groups, yoga, counseling, physiotherapy and advise regarding lifestyle modification.
In the last 7 years we have been spread awareness about breast and cervical cancer to over 1 lakh women in Tamil Nadu. Breast and Cervical screening programs has been carried through our standalone centre, and 2 mobile units equipped with mammography and Pap smear facilities.
Chennai Breast Centre is a state of the art comprehensive one stop breast centre established by Dr. Selvi Radhakrishna, located at MRC Nagar, Chennai. Since its inception in 2007, Chennai Breast Centre has grown rapidly to become a unique hub of skill sets which cuts across various facets of breast cancer management. In a short span of 9 years Chennai Breast Centre has treated over 1500 breast cancer patients. Currently Chennai Breast Centre registers about 1500 new patients a year, 270 new cancers and 3000 review patients a year. The centre is equipped with the state of the art diagnostic equipment for breast cancer care. Chennai Breast Centre currently works closely with the department of Biotechnology IIT and has a MOU with them to store breast cancer samples in the Tumour repository and conducting various research projects in partnership with the Biotechnology Department.
Chennai Breast Cancer conducts regular training programs in breast cancer diagnosis and surgery. The association of breast surgeons of the U.K has approved Chennai Breast Centre for a 6 week training period for the U.K. higher breast surgical trainees.
Chennai Breast Centre is also a part of the National Cancer Grid, collaborating with Tata Memorial Hospital for sharing best practices, training, research, clinical trials and audit.
The assets and legacy of Chennai Breast Centre will be transferred to Sri Dhanvantri Trust, and together with Penn Nalam, we are now embarking on an exciting new phase- To broaden our horizon with “Chennai Breast Cancer Research Foundation”(CBCRF).