Doctors across the country can now easily detect cancers at the early stage with India’s first online tutorial Oncology series, launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in New Delhi.
This digital platform designed in collaboration with the Tata Memorial Centre will train the doctors across the country on cancer prevention and treatment.
It aims to upskill doctors in early detection, prevention, palliation, rehabilitation and treatment of various cancers, and is a part of a national programme that will be rolled out across the country in partnership with state governments.
“This is a visionary step that will leverage advances in Information Technology (IT) to strengthen health outreach and health services in the country,” said Preeti Sudan, Secretary in the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (HFW).
Moreover, this step will help the doctors upgrade their knowledge and skills regularly thereby taking care of obsolescence, as mentioned by Sudan.
“This initiative can save many precious lives and improve quality of life of many more,” Sudan added.
Further, the seven week course is intended for physicians, gynecologists, and other healthcare professionals who are not oncologists, but can play a vital role in early detection and diagnosis of cancers.
“This will equip them with the skills and knowledge on basics of oncology to detect, diagnose and refer cancer cases early. The online video lectures are also designed to update oncologists with the evidence based guidelines and skill for the management of cancer,” said Sudan.
The course has different modules based on various sites and sub-sites of Cancer comprising 14 hours of comprehensive e-learning through more than 40 video lectures, case studies, assessment questionnaires and periodic interactive Webinar sessions with respective consultants of Tata Memorial Hospital.
An abnormal growth of cells which eventually spreads into other tissues leads to cancer. There are more than 100 types of cancer and depending on the symptoms it needs therapies such as chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, etc. With this online oncology tutorials, doctors even at a primary healthcare centres will be able to detect and diagnose the disease at early stage.