The Jehangir Breast Care Centre in Pune has been granted an affiliate membership to the Breast Centers Network by the European School of Oncology. It is the 4th breast care centre in India to Jehangir Breast Care Centre in Pune this membership (the other three are Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, Tata Medical Centre in Kolkata, and Chennai Breast Centre).
This would allow the Jehangir Breast Care Center to access journals, training and also access to cases/studies conducted by other breast care units across the world. The data from the centres also has to be submitted every year for verification for the membership to continue.
Recently, Dr Anupama Mane, the Breast Surgeon at the Jehangir Breast Care Centre had presented a case study at Milan Breast cancer conference on how dedicated breast care centres are needed in India.
She said, “There are no government funded dedicated program for breast cancer screening. Also, many of the breast cancer cases in India are diagnosed at advanced stage and women here do not come for regular voluntary check-ups. It is only if such dedicated breast cancer centres are established that breast cancer in India can be prevented.”
What has made the stringent membership possible has been multiple levels of criteria – which include specialised equipment (Digital mammography machine, High resolution sonography with elastography, Vacuum assisted biopsy machine, Gamma probe, Lymphapress machine) trained staff and also a minimum criteria of 150 breast surgery cases.
“The fact that it is a part of the wellness centre where women can come through and get themselves checked without it scaring them away or as a part of the health packages has been helpful. Also the digital mammogram is a must because that machine can help diagnose correctly and give more information even amongst very young patients,” says Dr Shona Nag who has been associated with project since its inception.