Dr. V. Shanta, the world renowned oncologist passed away due to brief illness in Chennai today. She was 94. Dr. Shanta is the Chairperson of Adyar Cancer Centre.
She joined the hospital in 1955 as a trainee and went on to become the Head of the Institution which expanded far and wide to deal with the deadly disease in a more precise manner. Heading the institute, she was also instrumental in opting for international joint ventures to improve the quality of affordable treatment for patients.
Dr. Shanta’s contribution to the field of oncology, had earned her the Magsaysay, Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awards. The Tamil Nadu Government will render state honour to Dr. Shanta. Leaders across political parties and celebrities have mourned her death and said that her death has created a void.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the demise of Dr. V. Shanta. In a tweet today, Mr. Modi said, Dr. V. Shanta will be remembered for her outstanding efforts to ensure top quality cancer care. He said, The Cancer Institute at Adyar, Chennai is at the forefront of serving the poor and downtrodden.
Today is a sad day for the Cancer patients who are under treatment at the Adayar Cancer Hospital and also for those who have bravely conquered the disease. Tamil Nadu has lost one of its dear daughter who inspired scores of patients to fight the disease.
Dr. Shanta told once that it was her Uncle Noble laureate Sir. C.V. Raman, was instrumental in giving her a vision to achieve in the field of science. Though women had not ventured into the medical field those years, Dr.Shanta had dedicated her life for serving and achieving in the field of medicine. She was an icon of simplicity and braveness in the field of Cancer research and treatment.
Cancer patients of different ages in various stages of treatment at the Adyar Cancer Hospital looked forward to this octogenarian eagerly for her visit every day as she was a lion at heart in making them fight the disease to the maximum. She devoted a lot of time with patients counselling them and also encouraged young doctors to work with dedication and sincerity.