|Our Cancer Projects|
The Centre for Chronic Conditions and Injuries (CCCI) collaborates with a network of global and national organizations including institutes such as The All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Population based Cancer Registries, research organizations such as Research Triangle Institute, India and leading NGOs such as The Indian Cancer Society, New Delhi to inform cancer control and prevention strategies. These goals are pursued through promoting research, building capacity, engaging stakeholders in policy-relevant work, and collaborating in advocacy and dissemination activities to address the gaps in scientific evidence and knowledge.
There are multiple burdens of tobacco-related (head and neck, lung), infection-related (stomach, cervix) and other life-style related cancers (breast, colo-rectum). Increased life expectancy and changes in risk factor profiles, including increased tobacco use, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, delayed childbirth and changes in diet and body composition, are expected to increase the cancer burden, in India and other LMICs. The higher mortality rates are largely attributed to low levels of awareness, high stigma, poor infrastructure and access to health care facilities for early detection, diagnosis and affordable treatment.
To address the relevant gaps in scientific literature globally and regionally, the Centre is involved in:
A Pilot Study to evaluate mobile phones for obtaining quality of life for Breast, Lung and Gall Bladder cancer patients PGIMER Cancer Registry diagnosed From 2004-2014.
This pilot project is being conducted to evaluate mobile phones for obtaining vital status and quality of life among gall bladder, breast and lung cancer patients from the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh diagnosed from 2005-15. The study is using phones to collect the information and internationally validated (and locally translated) European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) questionnaires on quality of life for specific cancer sites (eg, breast) and cancer in general, up to 10 years after diagnosis.
This project funded by the Wellcome Trust under the WT Capacity Building Programme is a multi-centre case-control study to evaluate occupational exposure to pesticides and the association with breast cancer among female residents of Punjab. The study is based in three locations in north India: PGIMER, Chandigarh, SP Medical College, Tulsi Regional Cancer Centre (RCC), Bikaner and Bathinda, Punjab.
This project is in collaboration with the Indian Cancer Society (ICS) for evaluating a breast cancer (BC) awareness campaign. ICS delivers talks to diverse sections of society to increase knowledge regarding BC, its signs, symptoms and risk factors, BC prevention and screening including BSE(Breast Self-Exam). The objective of this study is to assess awareness of women from diverse sections of society through pre- and post- (1 and 6 months) workshop using quantitative surveys and qualitative methods of focus group discussions.
Findings have been presented in the 15th Biennial Meeting of the International Gynaecologic Cancer Society (IGCS 2014), Melbourne, Australia on November 8-11, 2014.; “Breast cancer Awareness – Addressing the Shortfalls, Launch of Policy Brief”. October 2014
PHFI policy release on breast cancer (9th October, 2014), “Launch of policy brief for breast cancer control
Dey S, Mishra A, Govil J, Dhillon PK. Breast cancer awareness at the community level among women in Delhi. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2015;16(13):5243-51.