As hospitals across the globe gear up to observe World Cancer Day,on Saturday,city hospitals are set to contribute their bit and join in the affairs. This years theme is Together We can. PGIMER is set to make its own contribution by being part of a cancer atlas for the state of Punjab,which will become the first state in the country to have its own cancer atlas indicating the districts which have the highest percentage of cancer patients vis-a vis age group of patients and type of cancer. The cancer atlas of Punjab,will be similar to the national cancer atlas,which already exists.
A committee comprising the faculty members of the Department of pathology,PGIMER along with doctors from the department of community medicine,in collaboration with the Rajindra Hospital,Patiala,have been working on the project for the past one year.
Dr Binod Patro,assistant professor in department of community medicine,PGI,who is also a part of the cancer mapping team said,After collecting all the data,we will assess if there is any clustering of cancer patients in certain pockets of the state.
Government Medical College and Hospital,Sector 32 is also part of the national project and is also collecting data of cancer patients visiting the hospital for the disease.