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JIPMER aims to develop full-fledged cancer centre

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JIPMER Director T.S. Ravikumar speaking at the annual radiation oncologists (Tamil Nadu and Puducherry chapter) conference in Puducherry on Saturday.— Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy
JIPMER Director T.S. Ravikumar speaking at the annual radiation oncologists (Tamil Nadu and Puducherry chapter) conference in Puducherry on Saturday.— Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy

The next phase in development of the Regional Cancer Centre would be to convert it into a comprehensive cancer centre, Director of Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research T.S. Ravikumar said on Saturday.

They had currently acquired equipment to enhance the radiation oncology department, but their goal was to procure more equipment for the surgical and medical oncology departments of the RCC to bring them on par with radiation oncology, he said speaking at the 27{+t}{+h}Annual Conference of Association of Radiation Oncologists of India (Tamil Nadu and Puducherry Chapter) here on Saturday.

Speaking of the need to evolve paradigms in cancer care, he said there were no good population-based registries for cancer in India.

Even though there were several figures that were quoted as results of population-based figures, they were not accurate since cancer was not a notifiable disease and the data collected was not collated on a city-wide or a National level. JIPMER was hoping to work towards collating this data, he said. India also needed to create a good cancer treatment paradigm that involved clinical trials and other mechanisms. There has to be an investment into creating this paradigm if cancer care in the country needs to improve, he said.

The paradigm needs to take in awareness in the community as a whole and work from prevention to palliation of cancer.

Along the way, it was necessary to deliver quality care that would take into account Quality Adjusted Life Years Gained and Disability Adjusted Life Years Saved (QALYs and DALYs), he said.

As a result of the paradigm change, there should be a move towards creating community cancer centres as a dialogue to take cancer care forward, he said.

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