HITAISHINI is a voluntary non-profit Breast Cancer Support Network, the first of its kind in Eastern India. It is a forum member of Reach-to-Recovery International, head-quartered in Queensland, Australia and one of the founder members of Cancer Care India, New Delhi. Its member volunteers comprise breast cancer survivors and socially committed women. It runs Breast Clinics, attached to Hospitals and Cancer Centres in and around Kolkata, to provide psychological, emotional, medicinal and rehabilitative support to women afflicted with breast cancer. HITAISHINI also conducts Awareness Camps, Seminars, Workshops and 'Walks' to propagate knowledge about breast cancer among the masses.
Hitaishini organizes various programs throughout the year giving message to the public about breast cancer.
The exact cause or causes of breast cancer remain unknown. Yet scientists have identified a number of risk factors that increase a person's chance of getting this disease. Certain risk factors, such as age, are beyond our control; whereas others, like drinking habits, can be modified.
Age, Previous Breast Cancer, Family History Of Breast Cancer, Genetic Mutations.
If you are blessed with the gift of time, please use it to help us. Our volunteers include survivors and some socially committed women from all walks of life. Volunteers can choose to volunteers 2-3 days a week for about 2 hours each day. We are spread across the city, making it easier to select a convenient location for you.
The International Rose Day dedicated to all survivors and sufferers of cancer is observed each year on 22nd September. This year also Hitaishini observed this day with great enthusiasm by distributing roses and gifts to all cancer patients with the message “Get well soon”.
A: Surgery is the best initial treatment for breast cancer in most women; however, the condition lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) usually does not require surgery. LCIS should be watched carefully, though, since breast cancer may develop over time. In some older individuals, LCIS may be controlled by hormone therapy (tamoxifen) alone.