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NICPR-ECHO’s Virtual Certificate Course in Cancer Screening: Course Schedule and Content




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Learning Objectives


Introduction to Cancer Screening

Prof. Ravi Mehrotra,

  1. Burden of cancer
  2. Prevalence, incidence and mortality of cancer
  3. Causes of cancer
  4. Risk factors of cancer
  5. What is screening?
  6. Different types of screening
  7. Risks and benefits of screening
  8. Current status of cancer screening in the country


Cervical Cancer Screening Modalities: Pros and Cons

Dr. Pakhee Agarwal

  1. Burden and natural history of cervical cancer
  2. Causes, risk factors, signs and symptoms of cervical cancer
  3. Concept of transformation zone and squamous columnar junction
  4. Screening tests



Screening Guidelines for Cervical Cancer (CC)

Dr. Sumita Mehta

  1. When to begin screening?
  2. Optimal screening intervals
  3. When to stop screening?
  4. Impact of HPV vaccination on future screening
  5. Different guidelines for cervical cancer screening
  6. Operational Guidelines of MoHFW, India for cervical cancer screening


Evaluation of Screen Positives of Cervical Cancer Screening Tests (CC)

Dr. Partha Basu

  1. What is Colposcopy?
  2. Terminologies used in colposcopy
  3. Scoring in colposcopy
  4. Colpscopicfindings of benign, premalignant and malignant lesions
  5. Limitations of colposcopy
  6. ‘See and treat’approach


Ablative Methods for the treatment of CIN (CC)

Dr. Saritha Shamsunder

  1. Types of ablative therapies
  2. Eligibility
  3. Contraindications
  4. Complications
  5. Follow up


Excisional methods for treatment of CIN (CC)

Dr. Srabani Mittal

  1. Types of excisional methods
  2. Eligibility criteria for treatment with excisional methods
  3. Technique of LLETZ
  4. Complications
  5. Follow up


Staging and treatment of invasive cervical cancer (CC)

Dr. Upasana Baruah

  1. FIGO staging of Cervical Cancer
  2. Treatment as per FIGO stage
  3. Different types of surgeries
  4. Role of chemotherapy and radiotherapy
  5. Post treatment follow up


HPV vaccination: An overview and current status (CC)

Dr. R. Shankaranarayanan

  1. Association of HPV with cervical cancer
  2. Mechanism of action and types of HPV vaccine
  3. Beneficiaries of HPV vaccine
  4. Efficacy and safety of HPV vaccine
  5. Impact of HPV vaccination in real world settings



Breast Cancer Screening (BC)

 Dr.Anurag Srivastava

  1. Burden of breast cancer
  2. Causes of breast cancer
  3. Risk factors
  4. Symptoms and signs of breast cancer
  5. Screening methods
  6. Operational guidelines of MoHFW, India for breast cancer screening
  7. Role of follow up and referral in reducing the burden of cancer


Diagnostic Modalities of breast cancer: Advantages and disadvantages (BC)

Dr. Piyush Ranjan

  1. Types of diagnostic modalities available for breast cancer screening
  2. Ultrasound: eligibility, advantages and limitations
  3. Mammography: eligibility, advantages and limitations
  4. MRI: eligibility, advantages and limitations
  5. Other methods


Benign lesions of breast: Diagnosis and management (BC)

Dr. Chitresh Kumar

  1. Types of benign lesions of breast
  2. Confirmation of diagnosis
  3. Conservativetreatment
  4. Role of surgery



Malignant breast lesions: modes of treatment (BC)

Dr. S.V.S. Deo

  1. Staging of breast cancer
  2. Stage-wise treatment of breast cancer
  3. Types of surgery
  4. Role of chemotherapy and radiation in treatment of breast cancer
  5. Stage-wise survival of breast cancer
  6. Significance of follow up in breast cancer treatment


Introduction to Oral cancer and Tobacco Control / Cessation (OC)

Dr. Abhishek Kandwal

  1. Burden of Oral cancer
  2. Prevalence, incidence and mortality of oral cancer
  3. Causes, signs and symptoms, Risk factors
  4. Role of tobacco in oral cancer
  5. Common sites of oral cancer


Modalities of Oral Cancer Screening (OC)

Dr. O. P. Kharbanda

  1. Screening and diagnostic  modalities of oral cancer
  2. Efficacy of oral examination
  3. Technique of oral examination
  4. Operational framework of MoHFW, India for oral cancer screening


Benign and Malignant lesions of the oral cavity: What next? (OC)

Dr.Shalini Gupta

  1. Types of benign lesions
  2. Role of cytology/ Histology in confirmation
  3. Medical and surgical management of benign lesions
  4. Staging of oral cancer 
  5. Stage-wise treatment of malignant oral lesions 
  6. Survival


Tobacco Cessation: Non-pharmacological Management (TC)

Dr. Pratima Murthy

  1. About tobacco use, nicotine addiction
  2. Benefits of quitting tobacco
  3. Identification & assessment
  4. 5A’s & 5 R’s



Pharmacological Methods for Tobacco Cessation (TC)

Dr. Sonali Jhanjee

  1. Nicotine Replacement Therapy
    1. Gums
    2. Patches
    3. Lozenges
    4. Others: Nasal Spray,Inhalers
  2. Non-Nicotine therapy
    1. Bupropion
    2. Varenicline
  3. Others: Nortriptyline, Clonidine etc.


How to start a tobacco cessation clinic at your facility? (TC)

Dr. Prabhat Chand

  1. Target population
  2. Program design
  3. Infrastructural requirements
  4. Budget
  5. Capacity building


m-Health in Tobacco Cessation (TC)

 Dr. Swasti Charan

  1. Background
  2. Importance of m-Health in population-based tobacco cessation
  3. Evidence of efficacy of m-Health in tobacco cessation
  4. Importance of m-Health in tobacco cessation training


How to improve Cancer Screening in India? (GC)

Prof. Ravi Mehrotra

  1. Better IEC activities to popularize cancer screening
  2. Empowering health care providers (HCPs) with cancer screening knowledge
  3. Better linkages to secondary and tertiary health facilities
  4. Better management of call/ recall
  5. Improvement in infrastructure for better cancer management

Last updated on 12 Dec, 2018