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Summer training on cancer registry concludes

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 14 - A two-week summer training on �Cancer Registry and Epidemiology, Essentials of Molecular Biology Techniques and Palliative Care� organised by the Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI), concluded today.

The participants of the summer training included postgraduate students from the departments of psychology, biotechnology and zoology of the Gauhati University and Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Tezpur University. The training on palliative care was attended by doctors and paramedics.

In India, the entire population is not represented by a population cancer registry and hence does not appear in the cancer map of the country, as can be seen in the recent report of the National Cancer Registry Programme. In Assam, three population cancer registries are situated in Kamrup (Metro), Dibrugarh and Cachar districts, cover less than 15 per cent of population of the State for cancer registration.

Underscoring the need for increasing the population coverage of cancer registration of the State to improve the existing cancer control efforts, Dr Manigreeva Krishnatreya from the Department of Cancer Epidemiology at BBCI said that the training would create the necessary manpower to work in a cancer registry, and hence there was a need for starting newer cancer registries in the State.

The training on essentials of molecular biology techniques covered the fundamental principles and techniques of molecular biology used in experimental research, said Dr Avdhesh Kumar Rai from the Centre for Molecular Biology at BBCI.

Dr Kabindra Bhagabaty of the Palliative Care Department at BBCI said that the training on palliative care would help the trainees to render services of supportive care to cancer patients in their locality or region.

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