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Lisa Ray to start a cancer institute..

Lisa Ray

By HT

Mumbai, Oct. 15 -- Cancer survivor Lisa Ray has been spreading awareness about the ailment ever since she recovered from it.

Now, the actor has joined hands with Shiladitya Sengupta, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, USA, to provide affordable solutions for diagnosis and treatment of cancer, as well as patient support specifically designed for India.

"Shiladitya and I share a common dream - an Indian cancer institute similar to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, USA. I'm looking forward to collaborating with him on establishing resources for ongoing research on cancer treatment in India," says Lisa.

After her diagnosis in 2009, the actor started writing a blog called Yellow Diaries, where she updated readers about her cancer treatment and what she went through. She also raised money and filmed an educational video on stem cells for the McEwan Centre for Regenerative Medicine, Canada.

"My goal is to continue to spread awareness through the media, talks and collaborations with medical professionals. Since preventative courses of action are as important, I will be writing extensively on a new blog and organising as many outreach programmes as possible in India," says Lisa.

The actor adds, "Eventually, I would like to transform the experience creatively for the big screen, and bring my own experiences to that canvas to provoke even more conversations around cancer and its treatment."