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PHFI is helping to build institutional and systems capacity in India for strengthening education, training, research and policy development in the area of Public Health.

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Cancer

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:

  • Policy and practice relevant research such as burden and systems assessment, reviews in the Indian context, etiology including occupational and environmental exposures, screening, awareness and stigma, survival and quality of life of cancer care.
  • Strengthening capacity in research to scale up evidence-based scientific knowledge.
  • Teaching in courses/workshops, focused on genetic, nutritional, environmental and other lifestyle factors associated with cancer.
  • Disseminating evidence to a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Forging partnerships and engaging with government representatives and organizations, professional and civil society groups on cancer prevention and control activities, such as addressing barriers through evaluating the potential of mobile technologies and the role of the media.

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.

Name Funding Body Duration Status Team
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. The Public Health Leadership and Implementation Academy for NCDs Fellowship 2016 Ongoing Data collection started in Jan 2016 Preet K Dhillon, Kavita Gauri, JS Thakur, Rajesh Kapoor, Shifalika Goenka,

 

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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.

Occupational exposure to pesticides and breast cancer

Name Funding Body Duration Status Team
Occupational exposure to pesticides and breast cancer Wellcome Trust under the WT Capacity Building Programme 2013-2015 Ongoing data cleaning and analyses Preet K Dhillon (PI), Subhojit Dey, Melina Magsumbol, Archana Singh, JS Thakur, Sandeep Singh, MR Bardia, JPS Gill, Neil Pearce

 

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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.

Breast cancer awareness: evaluation of a campaign and planning further dissemination

Name Funding Body Duration Status Team
Breast cancer awareness: evaluation of a campaign and planning further dissemination PHFI-Wellcome Trust Capacity Building program 2013-2014 Completed PI: Subhojit Dey, Co-PIs: Preet K. Dhillon, Manas Pradhan

 

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.

Impact

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

Media Coverage

PHFI policy release on breast cancer (9th October, 2014), “Launch of policy brief for breast cancer control

Publications

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.

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