Breast cancer diagnosis at your doorstep
UT admn sanctions R1.6 cr to GMCH-32 to buy vehicle
■ CHANDIGARH: Now, locals will get the facility of breast cancer diagnosis at their doorstep. The UT administration has sanctioned Rs 1.6 crore to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, to buy a vehicle, which will offer the facility.
“Aiming to organise awareness camps in various sectors, villages and slums of the city, we have already placed an order to manufacture this custommade facility. If need be, we will also send the bus to surrounding states,” said Dr Raj Bahadur, director-principal, GMCH-32.
The vehicle would offer facilities such as mammography, breast ultrasound as well as ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration. “It will be the first vehicle in the country to be introduced under the public health care system,” said Dr Bahadur.
The cases, which will be diagnosed with cancer, will be enrolled for surgery and radiotherapy treatment at GMCH32. A team of doctors from the department of radio diagnosis, general surgery, pathology, radiotherapy and community medicine will work as a team to run the vehicle.
According to experts, getting regular breast cancer screening tests is the only way to lower the breast cancer mortality rate. “Finding out the disease at an early stage before any symptom arises, these tests improve the chances of successful treatment,” said Dr Bahadur.
The mammography machines are available at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, GMCH-32 and Government Multi-specialty Hospital, Sector 16.
However, these machines are stationary units, where either patients who are aware enough or the suspected cases of cancer referred by doctors are examined.