NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Control and Prevention – A Practice Changing Course for Oncologists from Limited Resource Country Like India

Document Type: Event Report

Authors

1 Department of Preventive oncology, Dr B R Ambedkar Institute Rotary Cancer Hospital, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi, India.

2 Toronto Public Health, Toronto, Canada.

3 Society for Oral Cancer and Health, Bramhapuri, India.

4 Department of Surgical Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

5 Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

Abstract

Cancer has become an important public health issue in India. Oncologists in India spends most of their time in
diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients. There is a large disparity geographically as far as cancer treatment facilities
are concerned. Cancer control and cancer prevention is not a point of concern for most of the practicing oncologist.
Although things are changing in India, but orientation, passion and dedication towards cancer prevention is still missing.
There is no program on basic principles and practice of cancer control and prevention in India which addresses the
essence of cancer control and prevention. Center for Global Health of National Cancer Institute, USA initiated summer
curriculum is an excellent academic program to teach health care professionals working in cancer care in different parts
of world. This covers all aspect of cancer care i.e. cancer education, epidemiology, screening, diagnosis, treatment
and the before world palliative care with dedicated session on upcoming molecular prevention in cancer. This gives
an unique opportunity for learning and can be practice changing curriculum for many of the attendees who want to
pursue a career in cancer control and prevention a before practice.

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