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`Onco-preneurs’ set up online platform to raise quality of breast cancer care

The platform is designed to raise the quality of breast cancer care across the globe in an attempt to positively influence the lives of hundreds of thousands of breast cancer warriors.

Written by Anuradha Mascarenhas | Pune |
Updated: July 11, 2021 9:55:19 am
The platform aims to raise the quality of breast cancer care across the globe in an attempt to positively influence the lives of millions of patients. (Representational Photo)

Various restrictions enforced during the pandemic have proved to be a challenge, especially in the area of continued medical education. Three breast cancer surgeons, however, saw an opportunity in adversity and these ‘onco-preneurs’ realised that the fight against breast cancer, the most prolific of cancers that affects women worldwide, must continue. So they came up with the idea of an online platform – Breast Global.

Breast Global, a not-for-profit platform, is the brainchild of breast oncoplastic and reconstruction surgeon Dr C B Koppiker, medical director, Orchids Breast Health and managing trustee, Prashanti Cancer Care Mission (PCCM), Pune, Dr Ashutosh Kothari, oncoplastic and reconstructive breast surgeon, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, UK and Prof Chintamani, president of the Asian Society of Mastology (ASOMA), and consultant surgeon of Safdarjang Hospital, New Delhi.

The platform is designed to raise the quality of breast cancer care across the globe in an attempt to positively influence the lives of hundreds of thousands of breast cancer warriors. The concept aims to identify gaps in breast cancer care provision and to improve the training and education of healthcare providers.

Based on this foundation, it aims to deliver tailored, region-specific, comprehensive, education and training modules worldwide. The platform also offers mentorship and certification to breast surgeons from various regions across the world where standardised super-specialty training is lacking, Dr Koppiker said.

The trio has established partnerships with major regional breast cancer societies from across the world. The University of East Anglia (UEA), UK has decided to become a partner organisation.

The Breast Global platform recently concluded its first online Global Breast Cancer Conference, centred around the theme; ‘From Crux to Consensus’. The aim was to address geographical disparities in cancer care provision through evidence-based discussions, sharing of data driven innovations in treatment and arriving at an acceptable consensus.

Internationally acclaimed Breast Cancer societies like the European Society of Surgical Oncology, Senologic International Society, European Society of Breast Cancer Specialists and others teamed up with Breast Global for the conference. The conference had international experts delivering lectures and video sessions showcasing new surgical techniques, and live online polls. This was conducted to gauge the perceptions of delegates from around the world on controversial topics.

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