RGUHS to set up cancer detection cells across State

The institute aims to provide facilities to people in N-K


Aimed at making facilities available to cancer patients in North Karnataka, RGUHS  will begin its community centred programme with two medical colleges.

The CDCs will be the outlet to screen patients for the different types of cancer. For the same, the medical and non medical staff will be trained which will be followed by treatment at the recognised hospitals for cancer treatment.  As the first phase of the project, Basaveshwara Medical College in Bagalkot and Navodaya Medical College in Raichur will have a CDC each, said Dr S Ramanand Shetty, Vice Chancellor, RGUHS.  He said, “Two meetings have been conducted and two circulars have been sent to various medical colleges regarding CDCs”.

Treatment too
Explaining the functionalities of CDCs, Dr Ramanand said, “These Cells will screen, diagnose, investigate the cancer patients. Following this, the appropriate treatment for cancer patients will be given and the same will be linked to various institutions too”.

The other institutions consists of private and government hospitals, where the expertise of the institutions will be used for diagnosis and treatment of out patients.

“Each year more than eight lakhs new cancer patients are detected and registered. Of these only about 30 percent survive and the reason for the high mortality rate is the late detection of cancer,” Dr Ramanand pointed out. In Karnataka largest number of people are affected by oral cancer, head and neck, followed by breast and cervical cancer.

“North Karnataka has a significant number of cancer patients. Hence there is a need to train non medical staff who  will be able to screen patients in the remote areas of the State. These patients will then be diagnosed at the hospitals and and then appropriate treatment will be given at the recognised cancer centers” he added.

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