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A major impediment in planning cancer preventive work or down staging of cancer in the country has been the shortage of appropriately trained human resource in medical, para-medical and technical disciplines. Medical education in the country focuses mainly on diagnosis and treatment protocols and preventive oncology is yet to find its roots in most places. There is a severe shortage of properly trained nurses and health workers in cancer care. Thus CFI endeavors to continuously enhance knowledge-base and develop human resource in cancer prevention by organizing Workshops, Seminars and Symposia on topics of contemporary interests.

CFI also proposes to initiate part-time / regular 1-2 Semester PG Diploma / Certificate courses to provide hands-on training to Medical doctors, Technologists, Health Workers, Nurses, Social Workers and other Health providers and Policy makers in cancer prevention.



Cervical Cancer Screening Workshops in Northeast India
Cervical cancer is perhaps the only cancer which if detected in the pre-cancerous stage and intervened properly, can be treated with success. But due to the lack of any major effort on public education and in absence of organized cervical screening programmes at the national level, the disease is generally detected at an advance stage in 70 - 95% cases in different centres, when curative treatment is not so successful. One of the major reasons, beside financial constraints, is the unavailability of trained manpower in the field of early detection and treatment of cervical cancer.

The main objective of these Workshops is to provide training in the Methods and Techniques of detecting early lesions of Cervical Cancer and its treatment to in-service clinicians drawn from District Hospitals and Medical Colleges in the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura, Darjeeling District, West Bengal.
Workshop (2009)

Community-based Health Assessment & Workshop on Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening & Management in Meghalaya

Collaborator: Department of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of Meghalaya
Workshop Coordinator: Prof. Maqsood Siddiqi (CFI, Kolkata) & Dr. A S Kynjing (Dept. of H & FW, Meghalaya)
Supported by: Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India
Participants: Gynaecologists, Pathologists, Surgeons & Radiologists of Meghalaya state
Date: 16 - 18 March, 2009
Venue: Ganesh Das Hospital, Shillong
Workshop (2007)

Community-based Health Assessment and Cervical Cancer Screening for women in Mizoram

Collaborator: Department of Hospital & Medical Education, Govt. of Mizoram
Workshop Coordinator: M Siddiqi (CFI) & D Barua (Dept of H & M Education)
Supported by:
Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India & Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Ministry of  Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India
Participants: Gynaecologists and Pathologists from all Mizoram state
Date: 5 - 7 November, 2007
Venue: Civil Hospital, Aizawl, Mizoram
Workshop (2006)

Cervical Screening, Pathology and Management of Cervical Pre-cancer for North East India

Collaborator: Dr. B Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati, Assam
Workshop Coordinator: M Siddiqi (CFI) & Amal C Kataki (BBCI)
Supported by: Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India
Participants: Gynaecologists and Pathologists from Assam and other Northeastern states
Date: 27 - 29 April, 2006
Venue: Dr. B Borooah Cancer Institute, Guwahati, Assam
Workshop (2005)

Cervical Cancer Prevention in North East India

Collaborator: Sikkiim - Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok, Sikkim
Workshop Coordinator: M Siddiqi (CFI) & Amlan Gupta (SMIMS)
Supported by: Department of Science & Technology, Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India
Participants: Gynaecologists and Pathologists from all Northeastern states
Date: 26 - 28 May, 2005
Venue: Sikkiim - Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok, Sikkim
National Seminar on Economic and Social impact of Cancer in India

An assessment of economic burden of cancer that includes direct expenditure on detection, treatment, morbidity cost with productivity loss for employers, patients and their families are major issues to resolve for health care policy makers, health care managers, clinicians, employers and social scientists. Besides, the widening disparity between different socio-economic classes due to differing ability for access and uptake of available health care facilities in the country. The financial burden and socio-psychological effects on the family and society in general are other aspects of cancer that need to be addressed. 

The Seminar chaired by Prof. Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate and Professor at Harvard University, was attended by 30 invited speakers from all over the country, who discussed these critical issues that India needs to prioritize. The Seminar was held under the chairmanship of Prof. Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate and Professor at Harvard University.

Chaired By: Prof. Amartya Sen, Nobel Laureate in Economics, 1998
Convener: Maqsood Siddiqi
Invited Speakers: Oncologists, economic and social scientists, policy makers and others from well known national and international organisations
Supported by: ICMR, Tata Steel, CFI
Date: January 2, 2012
Place: Kolkata
Seminar on Life-style & Environment related Cancers in India and their Prevention

The one-day Scientific Seminar highlighted the increasing incidence of life-style and environmentally disposed cancers in India and their possible causes. The speakers also suggested the measures needed for their prevention. The Seminar also with the adverse health effects of increasing air pollution in metropolitan towns, with particular reference to its role in elevating the incidence of pulmonary cancers. This was the first scientific meeting organized by CFI where Dr. K T Bhowmik, Safdarjung Hospital New Delhi; Dr. P.C. Gupta, TIFR, Mumbai, Dr. Qamar Rahman, ITRC, Lucknow; Dr.R.K. Bhattacharya, Kolkata, Dr. P.S. Basu of CNCI, and Dr. Manas Roy of R.K. Mission Hospital, Kolkata were invited speakers.

Chaired by: Prof. Anjali Mookerjee, former Dean of Environmental Sciences, JNU, New Delhi, Dr. Saroj Gupta, Director, CCWH, Thakurpukur, Kolkata and Prof. M. Siddiqi, Director Bose Institute and Chairman CFI 
Date: December 17, 2003
Convener: Sutapa Biswas
Location: Kolkata

Symposium on “Cervical Cancer Control in India”

The Symposium was organized to  review the strategies for Cervical cancer control in India. It was attended by nearly 200 scientists, oncologists, health providers and representatives of industries to discuss cervical cancer prevention in India. The key note address at this Symposium was delivered by Prof. Harald zur Hausen, Nobel laureate in Medicine, 2008. The One-day Symposium was the first of its kind where all those currently working in cervical cancer control presented their work. A panel discussion on Cervical Cancer Control-What next concluded the day-long programme. An added attraction was a Poster Session from young researchers working in Kolkata on Cervical Cancer.

Keynote Speaker:

Prof. Harald zur Hausen, Nobel laureate in Medicine, 2008

Supported by: MSD Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd.
Period: December 4, 2009
Convener: Prof. Maqsood Siddiqi
Location: Kolkata