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Training and Development

Nearly 14 lakh patients are diagnosed with cancer every year in India, further exacerbating the country’s already high cancer burden. Adding to the crisis is the alarmingly low doctor-patient ratio in India – which is even more pronounced in cancer care. In an effort to bridge this critical gap and deliver quality cancer care to patients throughout India, the Tata Trusts’ Cancer Care Programme is implementing a unique Distributed Cancer Care Model for which it recruits and trains a team of medical specialists.

A three-year Fellowship in Oncology trains postgraduate doctors in the core areas of surgical oncology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, oncopathology, and palliative care. During the fellowship, postgraduate doctors undergo rigorous training at both high-volume cancer centres and cancer facilities established by the Tata Trusts’ Cancer Care Programme. Upon successful completion of the fellowship, these doctors can apply their rich learnings at oncology centres across the country to bring healing to more cancer patients.

The Cancer Care Programme has designed a Special Certificate Programme in Oncology Nursing to upskill registered nurses as oncology specialist nurses. Each module in the Programme has been designed to equip nurses with specific competencies, enabling them to deliver evidence-based high-quality nursing care to cancer patients. The training provides extensive knowledge in anti-cancer drug therapies, surgery, radiation therapy, and palliative care including necessary skills for early detection, as well as the soft skills required to educate patients and their families about the nature of the illness. The nurses who successfully complete this programme stand a chance to grow as Specialty Clinic Nurses.

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