The Union Health Ministry of India has launched seven-week long online cancer detection course which is designed by Tata Memorial Hospital, with a purpose of training non-specialist doctors detect signs of cancer in early stages. This program is aimed to focus on rural and remote areas where cancer special facilities and specialists are generally unavailable.

Cancer, if detected in early stages, is curable but unfortunately, most of the patients miss that crucial chance because of lack of knowledge and lack of facilities available. To change this, the Union Health Ministry launched a first-of-its-kind online tutorial course which will help in training doctors in small villages and far-flung towns to know early detection, prevention, palliation, rehabilitation and treatment of cancer. The program which will train doctors online for a period of 7 weeks, was launched on Wednesday by the Union Health Ministry in collaboration with the Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), Mumbai.

The 7-week-long online course composes of 14 hours of e-learning through more than 40 video lectures, case studies, assessment questionnaires and periodic interactive Webinar sessions with TMH consultants. To specify, the online video lectures are specially designed by specialists of TMH to train oncologists with evidence-based guidelines and skill for management of cancer. Hence, this course will make any medical specialist like physicians, gynaecologists, dentists and other healthcare professionals who are not oncologists to be able to learn early detection and diagnosis of cancer; saving thousands of precious lives that are lost just because of late diagnosis of cancer.

Since the initiative is absolutely online, doctors and medics will not require to attend lectures or seminars by being physically present anywhere or take out time during busy working hours; and it can be accessed by pretty much anyone. After completing the 7-week long program, doctors will be assessed online, henceforth, helping doctors upgrade their knowledge and skills regularly thereby taking care of obsolescence.