MUMBAI: Tata Memorial Centre is launching an online oncology tutorial series to train doctors across the country on early detection, prevention and basics of treatment. The online course is being developed in association with digital partner, Omnicuris.

This is part of a national program which will be rolled out across the country by Tata Memorial Centre in collaboration with state governments, says a release. In the first phase, it will be rolled out to all in service doctors in Maharashtra, in collaboration with the state’s department of health and family welfare.

Cancer is a major public health concern in India and has become one of the 10 leading causes of death in the country. It is estimated that there are about three million cases of cancer at any particular point of time, with over one lakh new cancer cases in the state. Much of the suffering and death from the disease could be prevented through early diagnosis. In order to diagnose cancer at an early stage, healthcare providers at all levels should be well informed and aware about screening, diagnosis and treatment.

The course is intended for physicians, gynaecologists, dentists and other healthcare professionals who are not oncologists, but can play a very crucial role in early detection and diagnosis of cancers. The online video lectures are intended to equip them with the skills and knowledge on basics of oncology to detect, diagnose and refer cancer cases early.

Dr Rajendra Badwe director, Tata Memorial Centre said, “The primary goal of this digitized education module is to provide uniform evidence based medicine in oncology across the spectrum be it students or physicians in rural or metro areas and ensure that everyone gets access to uniform cancer care at their door step.”

Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi professor and head and neck surgeon and project coordinator, oncology tutorial, said, “Through this project we are trying to reach millions of doctors who may not have the time to attend physical conferences, and are extremely busy working in rural or tier 2 cities”.

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