Breast cancer is a major problem in India. ‘Breast cancer is the most common cancer in Indian cities, accounting for a staggering 25 to 35 percent of all cancers in women in cities and even in rural areas, the incidence is steadily rising, almost 1,15,000 new cases of breast cancer are reported in India and about 53,000 deaths due to breast cancer are recorded annually . South-Eastern Asia, the incidence of breast cancer is 26 lac women.
A workshop is being organized to give practical training to pathologists as how to diagnose different types of benign, premalignant & malignant conditions of breast . It is being jointly organized by GMC & VAP Pathology Association on 8th Aug from 8 am to 6 pm in the Dept of Pathology , GMC Nagpur . This workshop Is being held under the CME Programme of National Academy of Medical Sciences, Delhi, a Government of India undertaking. The Chief faculty members are Dr. Shameem Shariff, currently the prof & HOD MVJ Medical College , Banglore. Ph D in Breast Pathology , Dr Tanuja Shet Professor and Pathologist, Tata Memorial Hospital and staff members of Pathology dept of GMC. This training programme is unique as it will also deal with training about breast cancer diagnosis using Core Biopsy technique and immunological markers. The latter is very essential in planning of drugs that are to be used for Chemotherapy. It is first time in last 30 years that such type of hands on training is being conducted in Govt Medical College of Nagpur.
Diagnosis of this cancer is done by FNAC which means fine needle aspiration cytology. It is a technique by which cells are aspirated and seen under the microscope to see whether they have turned malignant . This technique is rapid, accurate and cost effective and is widely practiced as a first line diagnostic tool world over and specially in developing countries.
The ideal approach is “Triple Assessment” that involves an integrated breast care team lead by a surgeon. Mammographic and cytologic diagnosis and FNAC diagnosis are made available, within the breast clinic, at the very first visit of the patient with the broader goal of greatest benefit to the patient and for maximal health care cost effectiveness. FNAC can be done by any pathologist who is trained in Cytology.
The Convenor is Dr. M. M. Kamal, Associate Prof & Co Convenors are Dr Kailash Agrawal President & Dr Purnima Kodate Secretary of VAPM, 160 delegates have registered from all parts of the country . The Patron Dr R M Powar & Chairperson Dr. D T Kumbhalkar request all pathologist, oncologists and surgeons to attend the lecture sessions.