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The Annual Meeting of the Wardha District Population-Based Cancer Registry hosted

The Department of Pathology at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram hosted the annual meeting of the Population-Based Cancer Registry of Wardha district (PBCR, Wardha), an ongoing research project funded by ICMR, which includes all major Sources of Registration (SoRs) for district cancer data collection. The event, held on 12 January 2024, witnessed the active participation of 30 professionals from Government and private hospitals and laboratories from Wardha, Nagpur, and Amravati. Dr BS Garg (Secretary, Kasturba Health Society) inaugurated the meeting. The meeting provided a platform for the stakeholders to strengthen existing partnerships and establish new collaborations and protocols in the ongoing effort to effectively register cancer cases from the Wardha district.

The Department of Pathology at MGIMS is one of the main sources of registration of cancer cases in the Wardha district. “Cancer in Maharashtra is yet not a notifiable disease”, said Dr Anupama Gupta (Head of Pathology at MGIMS). She also shared insights into the cancer incidences, and registry protocol, and discussed the challenges and solutions in the ongoing effort to effectively collect cancer data from the district and transform these into valuable cancer research and efforts to combat cancer in the district by functional collaboration of all stakeholders for more effective awareness, screening and family counseling programs.

The Population-Based Cancer Registry of Wardha district is committed to collecting, analyzing, and disseminating accurate and reliable data on cancer incidence in Wardha district. Through collaborative efforts with healthcare institutions, the registry aims to contribute to the understanding of cancer trends, improve patient outcomes, and guide public health interventions.

Programme Manager of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD), Wardha, Dr K M Hiwale, (Professor of Pathology, JNMC), Dr Anshu (Professor of Pathology, MGIMS) C-PI hospital-based cancer registry (HBCR) of Kasturba hospital, Sevagram and representatives from SPDC, Sawangi, RST Cancer Hospital, Nagpur and many other hospitals contributed their expertise to the deliberations. Representatives from diverse sectors engaged in addressing the challenges posed by cancer registries at various centers.

 

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