National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research

New Delhi, India


Focus areas: Cancer Screening, Prevention and Treatment  

The primary mandate of NICPR is cancer prevention. In the effort to prevent and/ or reduce the burden of cancer in India, NICPR has been training healthcare providers in cancer screening. These efforts had to be accelerated in view of the current population based cancer screening mandate as declared by MoHFW by August 2016.

Under the NICPR-ECHO project a pilot program on training CHWs in a rural PHC of Gumballi in Karnataka was undertaken. The CHWs were trained in-person for 3 days in capacity building for cancer screening, followed by virtual hand-holding through the ECHO model, while the CHWs engaged in screening of the community.

In addition, NICPR has trained medical doctors from the state of Tripura and Cancer Research Institute in Dehradun, AYUSH doctors from All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA), Delhi in the past.

Keeping the past training in cancer screening in mind, NICPR rolled out a Certificate Course in Cancer Screening Training Program for doctors, dentists, paramedical staff including nurses, ANMs, cytologists, social workers and public health professionals in 2017. Fifty-eight participants were enrolled, including two international participants. The program included didactics, case presentations, scientific research publications, videos on techniques/ procedures etc. to assist in the basic understanding of cancer screening and how to roll out population based screening for cancer.

You may learn more about the Beginner’s Cancer Screening Training Program here.

The success of this Certificate Program encouraged NICPR to venture into taking this training forward to specialists in the field. Thus, they have started the Advanced (Gynecology) Cancer Screening Training program. 

NICPR also has designed a program in oral cancer screening for dentists and oral surgeons, which will begin shortly. Keep track of it’s inception here.

NICPR-ECHO's Advanced Cancer Screening Training Program (Gynecology)

Virtual Certificate Program in Advanced Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening Training Program for Gynecologists. 

MoHFW is in the process of rolling out population based cancer screening of cervical, breast and oral cancers in the primary health care system, under the NCD control program. Thus, every gynecologist is expected to know about cervical and breast cancer screening methods and their treatment modalities.

The training course will include cervical screening techniques such as VIA test, its interpretation and follow up, treatment modalities such as cryotherapy, LEEP, thermo-coagulation for non-malignant and CIN lesions and radical hysterectomy, radio and chemo therapy for malignant lesions.Breast cancer screening and treatment modalities such as self breast examination (SBE) and clinical breast examination (CBE), mastectomy: radical and modified, radio and chemotherapy as treatment modalities will also be dealt with. As per the operational framework document, cervical cancer screening will be done at PHCs by staff nurses/ANMs. The screening method used is VIA (Visual Inspection using Acetic acid). The abnormalities found on VIA will be referred for colposcopy to a gynaecologist at the nearest health facility (CHC/DH). Training gynaecologists in colposcopy and nurses/ANMs in VIA with well-equipped and functional health facilities are crucial to implementation of this initiative.

FOR WHOM 
Gynecologists with access to cervical and breast cancer screening techniques (VIA) and treatment facilities (if possible) at their centers.

You may learn more about the Advanced Cancer Screening Training Program here.

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Active Clinics @ NICPR


NICPR ECHO's Advanced Cancer Screening Training Program

Cancer Screening, Prevention and Treatment


Schedule
Led by

Dr. Ravi Mehrotra

Dr. R. Hariprasad
Coordinators
Prashant Pillai
Project Coordinator
Roshni Babu
Coordinator




Completed Clinics @ NICPR


NICPR Cancer Screening ECHO - Certificate Program

Cancer Screening, Prevention and Treatment


Schedule
Led by

Dr. Ravi Mehrotra

Dr. R. Hariprasad
Coordinators
Shailendra
IT
Roshni Babu
Coordinator