"To be the Beacon of Hope against cancer!"
- To create awareness that Cancer is preventable and curable
- To facilitate early detection of cancer
- To offer emotional support and medical aid to cancer patients
- To establish and encourage cancer survivorship programmes
- To reintegrate cancer survivors back into society
- To facilitate advocacy and research against cancer
Indian Cancer Society was established in 1951 by Dr. D.J. Jussawalla and Mr. Naval Tata as India's first voluntary, non-profit, National Organization for Awareness, Detection, Cure and Survivorship of those affected with this disease.
In 1986, the Karnataka Chapter of the Indian Cancer Society (ICS) was started by Mr. Kishore Rao. In 1994 ICS set up Karunashraya Bangalore Hospice Trust – a joint venture with the Rotary Club, Bangalore Indiranagar. Karunashraya helps patients live without pain and other distressing symptoms, in dignity and peace till their journey's end. It has provided critical palliative care to about 16,000 patients so far, entirely free of charge.
After establishing Karunashraya, ICS, is now working towards bringing down the cancer incidence and mortality rates in Karnataka.