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Pune: 85 cancer centres take part in 6th National Cancer Grid meet

NCG works for uniform standards of care for cancer patients.

By: Express News Service | Pune |
August 13, 2016 1:29:20 am
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A first-of-its-kind in India, the National Cancer Grid, launched in 2012 with the mandate of linking cancer centres across India, held its sixth meeting on August 9 and 10 at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, with over 100 participants from 85 centres. The National Cancer Grid (NCG) which made a modest beginning with 14 cancer centres, now includes over 80 centres.

The NCG has the primary mandate of working towards uniform standards of care across India by adopting evidence-based management guidelines, which are implemented across these centres. It is also intended to facilitate the exchange of expertise between centres and create a ready network for collaborative research in cancer.

Major milestones set to redefine cancer care in India were announced during the meet, including 22 draft guidelines for the most common cancers in India.

The NCG is offering an external quality assessment service in surgical pathology free to all its constituent centres — this is likely to improve the quality of pathology reporting, the very backbone of cancer care.

A ‘Travelling School of Pathology’ also aims to provide high quality training to cancer centres in remote areas, including the North-East and others.

Dr R A Badwe, Director, Tata Memorial Centre, said, “Providing equitable, accessible and affordable cancer care is a prime objective of the National Cancer Grid. We are working towards making the same standards of cancer care available at patients’ doorsteps, thereby eliminating the need for traveling long distances. This collaboration also lends itself to aggregating data from a large number of cancer patients, thereby improving the efficiency of cancer research.”

Tata Trust, a member of the Grid, is providing the IT infrastructure to facilitate access to high quality cancer care to patients at the touch of a button.

“The National Cancer Grid is a landmark initiative. The power of over 80 cancer treatment centres speaking as one voice has the capacity to completely change the landscape of cancer treatment, awareness and research in India,” said Dr Preetha Rajaraman, South Asia Programme Director, US National Cancer Institute.

Dr C S Pramesh, professor and chief, Thoracic Surgery, Tata Memorial Hospital, and coordinator of NCG, said, “The National Cancer Grid is a unique initiative by the Government of India funded through the Department of Atomic Energy.”

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