New courses at cancer institute

The region's premier cancer hospital, Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute(BBCI), has become the only institute in the whole of eastern India to be granted permission by the ministry of health and family welfare to initiate post doctorate super speciality courses in oncology.

Cancer experts have hailed the latest development as introduction of new courses in cancer studies will help bridge the gap emanating from shortage of doctors and manpower since Assam and the northeast are home to a burgeoning number of cancer patients.

Based on estimates of data collected from cancer cases and government reports on the projected population of 2026, there could be 26,973 new cancer cases across Assam among both men and women in 11 years.

BBCI will initiate the super speciality course from the present academic session 2017-18. With the initiation of the latest course, BBCI has now added another feather to its cap as the Medical Council of India had already granted permission to start post doctorate super speciality courses in radiation oncology, which was given four years ago and surgical oncology given last year.
"BBCI has become the only institute in eastern India to have three disciplines of oncology. There is an acute shortage of oncologists in the northeast. With the introduction of such courses, the manpower shortage in oncology can be overcome," said Amal Chandra Kataki, director, BBCI.

Currently, post doctorate super speciality course in medical oncology is offered in 19 institutions across states like Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.



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