19 January 200
The move, initiated by Tata Memorial Centre, will make uniform guidelines for best practices in cancer treatment available across the country so that even patients in remote areas can access them without having to travel all the way to the city
India will have uniform guidelines for best practices in Cancer treatment across the country so that a patient in Northeast India need not come to Mumbai for his treatment, said a Cancer specialist of Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Centre (TMC).
The aim of introducing the uniform guildelines is to improve the quality of life of Cancer patients, TMC’s new Director Dr R A Badwe told PTI.
The guidelines evolved by the TMC over the years will be India-specific based on focussed research in evidence based treatment of different cancers, Badwe said.
Already the guidelines have been disseminated across the country so that the doctors and specialists even in remote areas will become familiar with the best practices. This will let India to have its own solutions and the doctors across the country could treat the patients at their doorstep instead of making them travel long distances for treatment.
TMC, a unit of Department of Atomic Energy has Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) and an advanced Cancer research centre. Besides Maharashtra, TMH gets patients from West Bengal, Orissa, and seven states of Northeast India, the doctor said.
TMC is giving all possible help to the upcoming Cancer hospital in West Bengal constructed by the Bombay House, the nerve centre of Tata Group, so that the patients from east and northeast can be catered near their homes.
In India, 55 per cent of Cancer patients are below 50 years while in the west 70 per cent are above 50, Badwe said.