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ICMR picks Sum Hospital in Odisha for HBCR programme


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 5:

The Institute of Medical Sciences and Sum Hospital, run by the SOA University, is the first hospital in Odisha to be chosen by Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) to start a Hospital Based Cancer Registry (HBCR) program.

SUM hospitalThis is the first step in establishing a full research background on oncology including molecular biology, its Medical Director, Prof DK Ray said.

The data would involve assessment of patient care and participation in clinical research to evaluate therapy, he added.

The basic methodology of this project envisaged capturing core patient information concerning persons treated at the hospital since 2013 so that the data collected could fulfil the broad objectives of the HBCR program, Dr Sunil Agrawala, Associate Professor in the department of Surgical Oncology at the hospital and chief principal investigator of the program, said.

Dr PK Mohanty, Medical Superintendent of the hospital, said it would provide an insight to the pattern of cancer in the area, help plan hospital facilities, contribute towards active follow-up of the patient, undertake epidemiological research, show time trends in proportion of early to late stages of the ailment at the time of diagnosis and help assess quality of hospital care and cancer services in the covered area.

The program is being conducted by the National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research of the ICMR under National Cancer Registry Program, Agrawala said, adding it would promote research while ensuring monitoring and assessment of the effectiveness of cancer control activities.