1 ECHO clinic running across Cancer Screening, Prevention and Treatment
The Tata Memorial Centre is one of the premier medical institutions in the country that constitutes the national comprehensive cancer care centre for the prevention, treatment and research on cancer. Nearly 64,000 patients visit the clinics annually not only from India but also from neighbouring countries. Nearly 60% of these cancer patients receive primary care at the hospital of which over 70% are treated free of any charge.
The National Cancer Grid is a network of major cancer centres, research institutes, patient groups and charitable institutions across India with the mandate of establishing uniform standards of patient care for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer, providing specialized training and education in oncology and facilitating collaborative basic, translational and clinical research in cancer. Currently 100+ centres are a part of the NCG.
In December 2016, Tata Memorial Centre and Tata Trusts launched an ambitious program that aims to eventually connect 86 hospitals that are a part of the National Cancer Grid using the ECHO platform.
Dubbed the Tata Virtual Tumour Board ECHO, the first session saw more than 100 participants from 17 hospitals throughout the country join in.
The Hon. Health Minister J. P. Nadda formally inaugurated the program on 29th January 2017, on the occasion of the 75th Platinum Jubilee celebrations of the Tata Memorial Hospital. Dr. Sanjeev Arora, Founder of Project ECHO, Dr. Kumud Rai, Chairman of ECHO India and Dr. Sunil Anand, Executive Director of ECHO India were also present at the event.
The Virtual Tumour Board sessions take place weekly (2 sessions), with a different specialty covered in each session. Some of the specialties covered are Bone & Soft Tissue, Adult Hemato Lymphoid, Urology Thoracic, Head & Neck, Paediatric Hemato Lymphoid and many more. More than 20 centres currently participate in these clinics, facilitated by experts from Tata Memorial hospital.