As detailed elsewhere, the Indore Cancer Foundation has been active in the field of cancer education and training of medical personnel. We have a designed a number of training programmes:
Programmes on Management of Cancer Centres
In 2011, the Foundation decided that another way of ensuring the spread of scientific treatment to all irrespective of their ability to pay, would be to share its learning in these 23 years. Thus were conceived the programmes on the Management of Cancer Centres, for those interested in developing and managing a cancer centre. The 1st programme was held in the last half of December 2011 and the 4th programme is scheduled to be held in September 2016. The focus is on all aspects of managing a cancer centre: role of HRD in quality health care, importance of effective communication with patients the role of a counselor in cancer treatment, regulatory norms, constructing and commissioning a radiotherapy facility, radiation safety norms, role of a dental unit in a cancer centre, financial planning of a cancer centre, importance of outreach activity (awareness & early detection) and how to organize one, low cost detection approaches, community participation in palliative care, norms for morphine, internet as an educational tool, role of society and support groups, role of de-stressing techniques.
How to become a volunteer
A half day programme has been designed for those wanting to work as volunteers in the field of cancer, to enable them to: 1. provide emotional, psychosocial support to the cancer patients and their families, to help them fight the disease and live life to its best thereafter; 2. create an awareness on preventive aspects, early detection and scientific treatment; 3. provide support to terminally ill cancer patients.
Palliative care training for nurses
Where nurses are taught the basics of palliative care, including W H O pain ladder, counseling, with hands on training in wound management, lymphadema management and colostomy care were explained.
A 10-day Palliative Care programme
This programme is designed such that the participants (groups of doctors or nurses) receive not only theoretical inputs but are also exposed to practical/bedside clinics. At the end of this training, the participants should be in a position to provide palliative care.
A 3-day palliative care sensitization programme for doctors
This is specially meant for doctors/nurses with the potential to take lead in setting up palliative care services at their work places, especially at the district/peripheral levels.
A 2-day training programme on cancer detection
This programme is designed for doctors; especially those in general practice in the cities as well as rural areas. At the end of this 2-day training, the participant will be able to use early detection techniques, like FNACs and punch biopsies.
1-day training early detection training for doctors
we designed a 1-day training early detection of cancer programme for doctors. This is a compressed version of our 2-day module.
A 1-day palliative care awareness programme
This programme is for primary health workers and other village level awareness builders. After this training, the participants will be equipped to create the awareness that a terminally ill patient need not have a miserable quality of life. Today, the general perception is that pain and misery are a necessary though undesirable part of life of a terminally ill patient. Our objective in designing this 1-day programme was to create a pool of opinion builders who can eradicate this public misconception.