In 2016, The Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai, the premier tertiary cancer treatment and research centre in South Asia and one of the largest globally, celebrated the 75th year of its existence. As a tribute to this iconic institution they marked a year long celebration of its Platinum Jubilee 2016: "A Conference of New Ideas in Cancer – Challenging Dogmas”. The idea for the conference came from surveying the current landscape of cancer research and treatment and the disappointments that it has brought. The last decade has shown that the hype generated from molecular and genetic ‘breakthroughs’ has translating neither into a meaningful understanding of the malignant process nor to a clinically relevant relief to patients.
The conference was held at the National Centre for Performing Arts in Mumbai on 26-28 February 2016.