Breast can­cer di­ag­no­sis at your doorstep

UT admn sanc­tions R1.6 cr to GMCH-32 to buy ve­hi­cle

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■ 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.

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