Total Management of Cancer Since 1969

4,14,900 people reached in schools, colleges, offices, factories, residential locations.

Patient Care

10,40,204 cancer patients and their families received support

Early Detection

4,25,992 healthy individuals screened for cancer through camps and clinics


33,088 patients and families rehabilitated


Nationwide campaigns for affordable drugs and tobacco control.

Research Studies

200 papers and posters presented in national and international journals, conferences, workshops.

The youth say NO to Tobacco - YES to life
Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) is a non-profit organisation, established in 1969, that addresses cancer as a health problem through it’s distinctive philosophy of ‘Total Management of Cancer’. CPAA works side-by-side with the medical fraternity, focusing on activities encompassing Awareness, Early Detection, Support for treatment, Guidance and Counseling, Rehabilitation, Research Studies and Advocacy. The primary concern of CPAA is to meet the needs of poor cancer patients who do not have access nor can afford cancer treatment. CPAA reaches out to patients from all walks of life in every possible way. With five decades of experience in cancer management, CPAA now mentors other health care organisations across India, based on this holistic philosophy and has offices in Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.

In 1969, CPAA’s Founder Chairman and CEO, Mr Y. K. Sapru recognised the gaps in addressing cancer as a health problem in India and embarked on creating an appropriate framework for addressing those needs. What started off as a group of friends wanting to financially support a child afflicted by cancer, gradually grew to become the mammoth mission of Total Management of Cancer.


To complement the work done by the medical fraternity, identifying the reasons that make cancer a bigger problem in India than it needs to be and creating long term solutions.


To be an all-encompassing cancer help agency that works towards patient care, aid and assistance, awareness, early detection, rehabilitation and advocacy.


Individuals in schools, colleges, offices, factories and residential locations received pertinent information about cancer


Healthy individuals screened for cancer through screening camps and clinics


Cancer patients and their families received support


Patients and families rehabilitated


  • Dr Shubha Maudgal (Executive Director, Special Projects) received the Mahatma Award 2023 for Exemplary work in cancer care for 24 years. She spear-heads the Special Projects team at CPAA by applying prevailing technology, ideas or issues to take the organisation forward and upward.
  • Cancer Patients Aid Association was adjudged the 'Best NGO Pan India' 2023 by the Indian Cancer Society. CEO Alka Bisen (CPAA) received the award on 24 September 2023 at ICS's Annual Seminar in New Delhi on The Role of NGO's in Cancer Care.
  • Alka Bisen (CEO) received The Mahatma Award 2022 for Social Good and Impact for Cancer Patients Aid Association for dedicated service towards Total Management of Cancer since 1969.
  • Dr Dhananjaya Saranath (Executive Director, Research Studies and Additional Projects) received the Lifetime Achievement Award in contribution to Cancer Care and administration of Cervical Cancer Vaccine (HPV) – Mahatma Awards 2022 for Leaders and Change Makers in Individual Capacity.
  • Mr Y K Sapru (Founder Chairman) was awarded The Mahatma Award for Lifetime Achievement for his visionary work in bringing succour to the cancer afflicted, in October 2021
  • CPAA was bestowed with World Health Organisation's award for outstanding contribution in the field of Tobacco Control in 2016 and 2012.


Ongoing Projects

Adopt a Patient

An innovative scheme between a donor and patient to ensure committed financial aid to needy patients with excellent prognosis.

Awareness Programs

Awareness lectures and Open Forum programs to spread awareness and reduce stigma related to cancer

Eliminate Cervical Cancer in India

Triple strategy for elimination of cervical cancer from India, comprising of Awareness, Screening by HPV testing and HPV Vaccination.



No social organization can function on good intentions alone. Social and financial support are what make dreams and plans come to fruition.

Over the years, CPAA has brought on board prominent personalities from all walks of life – the arts, business, film and sports world to give of their time and talents to the various events CPAA organises.

While some of these are entertainment evenings, some are patient-oriented programmes that allow for first-hand interaction between patients and celebrities and some help spread awareness amongst various groups. Needless to say, these gestures give the healing process a tremendous impetus... even when prognosis is grim.

CPAA undertakes these ‘moments in the sun’ events with great ardour and passion. The organisation is well supported by the media and CPAA owes much thanks to the fourth estate for responding readily to the cause – be it awareness, fund-raising or advocacy.

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United community contribution is what makes CPAA what it is today! At CPAA, we combine hard work and fun to achieve our goals by affiliating with individual members of society, fellow organizations/NGOs, community social workers, students, activists and corporate officials to achieve our goals and work in unity towards our cause. Let us know how you would like to get involved. Review our website and contact any of our offices if you are interested. To investigate other opportunities in CPAA, please click below complete the form below and submit it and we’ll be in touch shortly.