The first course was initiated in 2012 and the key course components included - population-based cancer registration , Survival analysis, CanReg-5 Coding and Classification, Evaluating data quality and completeness, Statistical methods in descriptive epidemiology, Registries and cancer control, Cancer patterns and trends in Asia, Cancer Registries in Asia followed by Workshop with participants discussing local registration problems.
Located on the 13th floor of the hospital’s Homi Bhabha block, the swank new regional hub has been set up in cooperation with World Health Organisation’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). “With more than Rs50-lakh investment, IARC along with TMH is looking at training the staff of Asian countries for establishing cancer registries through the IARC regional hub at TMH. Three more regional hubs in Turkey, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America are in the pipeline,” said Dr Christopher Wild, director, IARC. Despite the fact that the cancer burden in the low- and middle-income countries is the highest, it is alarming that countries like Nepal, Mongolia, Bangladesh and Bhutan do not have a single cancer registry hub to study the data of the disease occurrence. “The regional hub will provide training and support to set up cancer registries in south central, south eastern and east Asian countries which do not have one,” said Dr Rajesh Dikshit, principal investigator, IARC regional hub at TMH. “The regional hub at TMC will be a one-point contact between registries in Asia for establishing quality control in cancer data analysis to match international standards,” he added. With one of the oldest cancer registries running since 1962 at TMH, doctors said the hospital was an apt place to initiate the global initiative for cancer registry development. Doctors at TMH will rope in technical expertise from city-based International Institute of Population Sciences for estimating cancer rates over the next 25 years in population clusters.
UICC is a global organization of over 270 member organizations in 80 countries.
TMC has been full UICC member since 1968. The institute was elected by the UICC,as the"Outstanding UICC Member Organization" for its overall performance and demonstrated excellence in cancer control beyond its borders. The honour was awarded to the Tata Memorial Centre at UICC World Cancer Congress held on July 7, 2006, at Washington, DC. Dr K A Dinshaw, the Director of Tata Memorial Centre, received the award.
This agreement served as a basis of mutually benefitting relationship for collaboration in developing and exchanging clinical, educational preventive and research programs of eradication of cancer.
A steering committee comprising of members from both institutions function for development of formalized academic and clinical program between the institutions -
Prof Rajendra Badwe and Prof Arnie Purushotham
King’s College London signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Tata Memorial Centre (TMC), Mumbai, on 19 November 2012. The MOU marks the launch of a formal partnership between TMC and King’s Health Partners Integrated Cancer Centre – one of the world’s leading academic centres that combines first class clinical care with groundbreaking research into personalised cancer treatment. Delivering affordable cancer care for an ageing global population is one of the main challenges the collaboration will address.
The partnership with TMC also signals King’s renewed commitment to developing partnerships in India in areas that the College has particular expertise – with cancer at the forefront in the medical sciences, along with neuroscience and mental health. Engagement with India forms a core part of the College’s international strategy – to develop links for research collaboration and encourage the mobility of staff and students.
King’s recently sent a large academic delegation to Mumbai and Delhi, headed by Principal Professor Sir Rick Trainor, to engage with partner organisations and pursue research opportunities in order to accelerate potential impact and beneficial outcomes for society.
The agreement between King’s and TMC will allow the two centres to pursue joint research and development opportunities and exchange of staff and students. The institutions will focus on training fellowships; exchange visits; cancers of the breast, lung, head and neck; clinical trials; cancer policy, economics, epidemiology and public health programmes.
King’s is already a world leader for research into cancer. King’s Health Partners Integrated Cancer Centre has rapidly become a pioneer in a new kind of combined care and research model that promises to accelerate the development of cancer treatments. The Centre is a unique collaboration between the institutions that comprise King’s Health Partners; namely, the hospitals that are linked to King’s College London (Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College and the South London and Maudsley Hospital) and the academic research teams in the university itself.
New technology and advances in genetics and personalised medicine are offering unprecedented targeted therapeutic opportunities for breast, prostate, lung cancer and haemato-oncology (blood diseases). The Centre is now looking to build on its position in all these areas by collaborations worldwide with leading international partners. Research teams at King’s are also keen to collaborate to find ways of more affordable cancer care, as an ageing global population and expensive new drugs and technologies are starting to place a great financial burden on society.
King's College London, has recently forged a partnership with the Tata Memorial Centre to promote research and education activities. Arnie Purushotham, Director of the King's Health Partners Integrated Cancer Centre (ICC) gives more details on the partnership and shares some insights on cancer treatment in India, in conversation with Raelene Kambli
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