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Dr. Vijayalakshmi Deshmane: From Vegetable-Seller To Leading Breast Cancer Expert

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  •  November 23, 2015


Dr. Vijayalakshmi Deshmane was a vegetable seller before she turned into a Cancer Expert. With 7 siblings to take care of by a mill-worker father, Vijayalakshmi’s childhood was spent in utter poverty.

But her dreams changed her fate. This aspiring woman from Karnataka wished to pursue medicine after school. Shortage of funds compelled her mother to mortgage her Mangal Sutra to arrange a loan. The efforts didn’t go waste after Vijayalakshmi went on to complete her MS in surgery and become an oncologist, specializing in breast cancer.

Although she has now retired from the Kidwai Institute of Oncology, Bangalore as the Head of the Department, she still offers free service to patients in Karnataka Cancer Society. Hats off to you Vijayalakshmi!

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