Cancer Cure

Indian Cancer Society- Cancer Cure Fund (ICCF)

The Indian Cancer Society – Cancer Cure Fund is a flagship project of ICS which provides financial aid for treatment to underprivileged cancer patients. Many cancers are curable, if detected early and treated in time. However, many cancer patients in India are not able to afford the treatment costs and therefore do not survive this disease. This project has transformed the lives of over 7300 cancer patients  across the country, many of whom have completed their treatment and returned to productive life once again. ICS has implemented this program through 17 empanelled Hospitals at a pan India level sanctioning about Rs 196 crores as of March 2019.

As per the data last analyzed in March 2019, 70% of the beneficiaries are less than 30 years of age.

This project is a unique, first of its kind initiative of ICS in collaboration with HDFC AMC Ltd. In February 2011, HDFC AMC launched a Debt Mutual fund which gave the investors an option to donate 50% or 100% of their dividend income to Indian Cancer Society to fund the treatment cost for cancer patients. ICS is grateful to each of the 5000 investors who have donated their income to ICS and have helped transform the lives of these patients through the Cancer Cure Fund Project. ICS would also like to place on record its gratitude to HDFC AMC for launching this unique product that has enabled ICS to raise the funds required for this project.

Patient’s eligibility criteria:

  • Family income not exceeding Rs 4 lakhs per annum
  • Projected survival rate 50% for adult patients and 70% for paediatric patients
  • Patients in General category (no private or semi-private)

Sanction criteria:

  • Minimum sanction limit Rs 50,000 to maximum Rs 5 lakhs
  • For Bone Marrow treatment, maximum sanction limit of Rs 8 lakhs

Treatment protocol covered:

  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Surgery
  • Supportive care
  • Prosthesis
  • Growth Hormone

Empaneled Hospital

Empanelment yearHospitalState / Union Territory
2011Tata Memorial Hospital – MumbaiMaharashtra
2011Regional Cancer Centre – ThiruvananthapuramKerala
2012Christian Medical College (CMC) – VelloreTamil Nadu
2012Cancer Institute (CI) – AdyarTamil Nadu
2012GCRI – Gujarat Cancer Research Institute – VadodaraGujarat
2012Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute – DelhiDelhi
2012Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences – SrinagarJ & K
2013Sawai Mansingh Hospital – JaipurRajasthan
2014BKL Walawalkar Hospital – ChiplunMaharashtra
2015Indo American Hospotal – HyderabadTelangana
2015Kailash Cancer Hospital – GorajGujarat
2015Mazumdar Shaw – BengaluruKarnataka
2015Patel Hospital – JalandharPunjab
2015Mahavir Cancer Hospital – PatnaBihar
2016Cachar Hospital – SilcharAssam
2017Sri Shankara Hospital – BengaluruKarnataka
2019Health Care Group – Ongole, Vishakhapatnam and VijaywadaAndhra Pradesh

Due Diligence Team

Due Diligence Team
Due Diligence Team
Due Diligence Team
Dr Tushar VoraDr Hari MenonDr Anant Gokarn
Dr Hasmukh JainDr KumaraswamyDr Sachin Punatar
Dr Sripad BanavaliDr Ravi Thippeswami
Dr Ashish GuliaDr Shekhar Patil
Dr Nehal KhannaDr Vijay Agarwal
Dr Shiva KumarDr Vikram Kekatpure
Dr Seema GuliaDr Vishal Rao
Dr Manish BhandareDr Lohith Reddy
Dr Shraddha PatkarDr N Aditya Murali
Dr Kumar PrabhashDr Vikram Mahiya
Dr Amit JoshiDr Niti Raizada
Dr Purna Kurkure

Governing Advisory Council

Mrs Usha ThoratMr M K SharmaMr Homi Khusrokhan
Dr Ranjendra BadweMr Milind BarveMr Naveen Kshatriya
Mr Uday KhannaMr Hari L MundraDr Anita Borges
Dr Tapan SaikiaMr Ramesh SwaminathanMs Vijaylaxmi Iyyer
Dr Pankaj ChaturvediDr C S PrameshDr Sripad Banavali

I am very excited to work with Indian Cancer Society to scale up the operations and reach out to millions of deserving patients. We have to look at how to downstage cancer by detecting it early using technology. Technology is the best way to reduce the cost and reach out to millions. Look forward to work with you and make this world a better place to live in

Dr. Devi Shetty, Chairman and Founder Mazumdar Shaw Cancer Centre- Bangalore

Cancer Institute (W.I.A) Chennai, is privileged to be associated with Indian Cancer Society (ICS). Over the last 6 decades we have strived hard to provide the state of art treatment to the underprivileged without any social or economic divide. This has been made easier by the generosity of ICS whose funding has helped us to fulfill the needs of many patients. Over the last 3 years, the financial assistance from ICS is Rs.2.7 Crores which has supported 120 patients. This funding has been used for providing bone marrow transplantation, limb salvage surgery, many major surgeries, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The unique feature of the funding from ICS is the promptness with which the funds are released. This has helped us in treating patients without delay. We are proud to say that we have not refused “state of art treatment” to any of the patients who have come seeking help

Dr V Shanta, Chairman – Cancer Institute, Adyar

The Christian Medical College, Vellore has been striving to provide excellent, affordable care to patients who come from all over the country. Patients who come from the poorer and vulnerable strata of society are preferentially afforded the best possible treatment. Partnering with the Indian Cancer Society in providing funding for curable cancers has tremendously increased the number of such patients receiving treatment. They go home with a satisfied smile and much gratitude, knowing that they have beaten the dreaded disease and have been looked after in the best way possible. Thank you ICS and all your donor funding partners for boosting our ability to deliver such treatments

Dr. Raju Titus Chacko, Professor, Medical Oncology, Christian Medical College, Vellore

Indian Cancer Society’s Cancer Cure Fund is one of the most innovative ideas to help & support cancer patients in India. It will not be an exaggeration, if I say this is quite innovative globally, that investors would put in funds and this fund will be utilized for poor patients and they would get some tax benefits out of that. What is unique about this fund is that it has a shortest turnaround time. Unless the funds are available the treatment cannot begin and these funds are immediately made available by Indian Cancer Society’s Cancer Cure Fund. This has reduced abandonment of treatment by more than 50% of patients

Dr (Prof) R A Badwe (Hospital Partner) Director, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai

It is indeed a great initiative. This kind of ventures would surely bring smile on the faces of many cancer patients, who found it difficult to meet their ends. RCC, Trivandrum is glad to be a part of this and hope that this venture may inspire more and more people to extend their help and support to the poor and needy cancer patients. May God torrentially shower all the blessings on all of you who are a part of this great initiative

Dr P T Latha Assoc Professor & Welfare Officer – Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram


AKITF project was launched in April 2014 by Indian Cancer Society. Its objective is to support underprivileged cancer patients towards initial diagnosis tests and funding for emergency treatment without any loss of time.  The project was introduced to reduce the drop rate of patients who are not undergoing tests or not initiating treatment due to affordability.        

AKITF Project was re-launched on 4th February 2019 at ICS empanelled hospitals –

Cachar Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Silchar,Assam and BKL Walawalkar Hospital, Chiplun, Maharashtra.

Maximum of Rs 25,000/- per patient will be sanctioned for initial diagnosis & initial treatment.

Patient Eligibility Critera
  • Only for Indian citizens
  • No discrimination on account of age, sex or religion
  • Funding to be done only if patient is treated at ICS empanelled hospital.
  • The patient must be registered as a general ward patient (not private or semiprivate).
  • Criteria for selecting patient – Family income not exceeding Rs4 lakhsper annum.
  • Additional eligibility criteria for initial treatment:Initial treatment will be applicable only for Cancer diagnosed patients.
Documentation from patient
  • Aadhar Card of the patient (if paediatric patient then Aadhar card of the one of the parents)
  • Income proof that patient’s family income is not exceeding Rs 4 lakhs per annum. 
  • Registration page confirming patient belonging to general category of the empanelled hospital
  • Prescription of the treating doctor for initial diagnosis
  • Cost certificate for initial treatment  from the treating doctor
  • Additional documents for initial treatment: All cancer reviewed and attached to the documentation by the hospital

Beneficiaries of the Cancer Cure Fund