Cancer Screening Training Program For Master Trainers(Medical officers/ Physicians/Private Practitioners/ Other Specialists)
National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research (NICPR), Noida, a division of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), is committed to its mandate of cancer prevention in the country.
We are actively promoting the strategy of prevention and/ or early detection of cancers through a robust screening process in the effort to reduce the burden of cancer treatments in a LMIC like India, as well as to achieve better health outcomes for the patients involved.
In this effort, we are into building the knowledge of medical officers regarding cancer prevention and diagnostic tools, in an attempt to successfully effect screening of the community through them.
We offer our cancer screening training program in two phases:
- In person, three day training program where knowledge about three most preventable cancers in India will be imparted along with diagnostic tools available in rural areas etc.
- This will be followed by virtual training program on the ECHO platform, complete with didactics by experts in the field and case presentation following screening of the community. Some of the didactics conducted so far include:
- The importance of screening communities
- Diagnostic methods in Oral Malignancies
- Treatment of Breast Cancer with Centchroman
- Ablative Methods of Managing CIN etc.
At this point we have a fortnightly ECHO clinic, where oral, breast and cervical cancer are discussed on rotation.
We eventually plan to make this into a weekly (1 hour) program with smokeless tobacco and tobacco cessation component added to it.
The training program is of 6 months duration with about 15 ECHO sessions (5 in each: oral, breast and cervical) of an hour each. Upon the successful completion of this program, the participants will be awarded an institutional (NICPR/ ICMR) certificate. The eligibility for this certificate is the completion of atleast 4 sessions under each category to make it a total of 12. If attending only one area of specialty, then ones needs to attend ALL the sessions in the category. In addition to the attendance at these sessions, doctors are expected to present cases as well. A minimum of 5 cases presentation, if attending sessions only in one are or 6 cases (2 in each area) are necessary towards the successful completion of the course. A pre and post evaluation of knowledge gained and the quality of the sessions will be conducted, in an effort to improve our program and deliver the best to the trainees.
Our hope is that the medical officers will in turn train the community health workers (CHWs) in their communities to assist them in the robust cancer screening of the members of the community they serve.
Concerted efforts like this will inevitably bring down the burden of cancer that has been predicted for our country by many experts in the field.