Kerala Cancer Grid is a well established voluntary association of hospitals engaged in cancer care. Recently, they held a meeting at Kochi regarding cancer care treatment of Kerala. And they concluded by taking a decision to formulate guidelines for cancer care and treatments in the state.
The guidelines defined mainly to concentrate on primary prevention and early detection of cervix, oral cavity and breast cancers by 15% and improve cure rates.
As many as 65 oncologists from both public and private sectors representing regional cancer centres, medical colleges, and private hospitals effectively participated in the meeting. An online discussion forum was created in eight common cancers such as brain cancer, head and neck cancers, breast cancer, lungs cancer, gastrointestinal, gynaecology, sarcoma and lymphoma and leukaemia in Kerala. The meeting gave predominant consideration for the standard of care for common cancer treatment and how it can be cured. The guidelines are expected to deliver uniform and quality cancer care to all patients across the state. Dr B Satheesan, Director of Malabar Cancer Centre summarized the entire process and individual speciality group deliberated on how to adopt the guidelines of national cancer grid in Kerala effectively.
Also, the doctors in Kerala, chaired in the meeting discussed recommendations of individual tumour types in the afternoon session. The meeting decided to distribute the consensus document to all oncologists of the state. So that they can also collate suggestions. The final consensus will be formulated in the second review meeting expected on March 30 and 31.