Oncologists in city spearhead scheme to track cases of cancer

"Around 10,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the city every year"

Written by Anuradha Mascharenhas | Pune | Published: October 21, 2013 1:02:29 am

To ensure that each case of cancer is reported,Decimate C,an organisation that includes medical and surgical oncologists,along with the Indian Cancer Society,has spearheaded a scheme.

Dr Anant Bhushan Ranade,founder of Decimate C and an oncologist,told Newsline that there had been an increase in the number of cancer patients detected every month. The Pune Cancer Registry collects data from across 11 major hospitals in the city and submits it to the Mumbai Cancer Registry. “We do not know the exact number of cancer patients in the city,” said Dr Sujit Joshi,oncopathologist with Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital.

“Around 10,000 people are diagnosed with cancer in the city every year. However,to ensure that cases are not under reported,we have come together to work out a scheme to register each patient,” Joshi said.

Pathologists have been urged to register all the cases on the Indian Cancer Society website.

Dr D B Kadam,official spokesperson of B J Medical College,said as part of the National Cancer Registry programme,medical social workers collect data from 11 hospitals and then send it to the Mumbai Cancer Registry. Ranade,however,pointed out that this failed to give an accurate picture of the number of cases of cancer in the city. “With this initiative we want to generate a proper database so that all cases are reported,” he added.

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