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Hospital-based registry needed

DID you know that nearly 50,000 new cancer cases are diagnosed every year in Karnataka?

And, there are about 1.5 lakh prevalent cases (new as well as existing cases) in the State at any given point in time. While Cervical cancer amounted to 45 per cent of all female cancers in 1980s, it’s the Breast Cancer which tops the list today.

While the figures indicate the rapid pace at which the State as well as the country is seeing the spread of this incurable disease, the National Cancer Registry (NCR) programme has been responsible in highlighting this. On World Cancer Day, Deccan Herald finds the importance of the registry and why it should be made mandatory across the states. 

At present, NCR has 27 registries – 25 population based registries and five hospital based registries. In fact, before NCR was formed in India in 1982, the Mumbai Cancer registry was the only one that represented the entire country’s disease burden in the international forum. 

While hospital based registries provide details on patient care, the follow ups are very poor, especially in government hospital, said the NCR official. However, Dr K Ramachandra Reddy of Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, felt that the registry acted as a mirror to the clinicians in terms of the nature of the cancer, the treatment given to the patient, its outcome, etc. “The registry helps clinicians to improve themselves and learn more about the pattern of the disease,” he said.

(Published in Deccan Herald on 3rd February, 2010)

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