GUWAHATI, July 2 - Dr. B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI), Guwahati, with support from Assam Cancer Care Foundation, a joint initiative of the Government of Assam and Tata Trusts, today started the fourth edition of the two-week summer training in cancer registry and epidemiology, palliative care and hands-on technique of molecular biology.
The summer training on the three courses was first started in the year 2015.
Prof Rajesh Dikshit from the Centre for Cancer Epidemiology, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai; Dr Anil Paleri, consultant and clinical director, Institute of Palliative Medicine from Calicut; Dr Priyadarshini Kulkarni, CEO and medical director, Simpatico Palliative Connect from Pune; Dr VGM Naidu, Associate Professor and dean, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, NIPER, Guwahati; Dr Subhradip Karmakar, Assistant Professor of biochemistry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi and Dr Indranil Chattopadhyay, Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences, Central University of Tamil Nadu, Thiruvarur are the invited guest faculties for the summer training programme.
According to BBCI Director Dr Amal Chandra Kataki, the need of the hour is to create trained manpower in these three distinct disciplines of oncology. Due to illiteracy and lack of awareness about cancer, most cancer patients present themselves in a fairly advanced stage.
�Thus, palliative care becomes an integral part of cancer management. Also, cancer registries are the backbone of any rational cancer control program and as such, it is necessary to train human resources in this field. Training on molecular biology techniques will provide opportunity to students to gain first-hand experience on cancer biology research,� he said.