The department works largely in three different
areas. (a) Cancer Registry Programme (b) Cancer
Control Programme and (c) Cancer Epidemiology
(a) Cancer Registry Programme:
Cancer registry plays a major role in ensuring good
quality cancer data which can be helpful in cancer
care, planning of health service and cancer control
programmes. The department has been maintaining
both hospital based cancer registry and population
based cancer registry.
Hospital Based Cancer Registry: The hospital
based cancer registry has been functioning since
long. It is initiated and run by the institute as per the
standards and norms prescribed by the National
Cancer Registry Programme (NCRP) of the Indian
Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Population Based Cancer Registry: In
collaboration with National Cancer Registry
Programme (NCRP), ICMR, department is working on
two research projects for population based cancer
1. Rural Cancer Registry Ahmedabad district
Project: It was started from 1 January 2004 with the
objective of assessing the magnitude and types of
cancers in Ahmedabad Rural Areas and to calculate
estimate of cancer incidence in Ahmedabad District.
Activities: Report for the year 2011 is ready to
publish. Collection and compilation of cancer data for
the year 2012 has been completed. Work for the year
2013 is in progress.
2. Population Based Cancer Registry Ahmedabad
Urban Agglomeration Area: It was started from the
year 2007 with the objective of assessing the
magnitude and types of cancers in Ahmedabad city
and to calculate estimate of cancer incidence in
Ahmedabad Urban Area.
Activities: Collection and compilation of cancer data
for the year 2011 has been completed. Work for the
year 2012 and 2013 is in progress.
(b) Cancer Control Programme:
The department runs cancer control programme as
per the aim and objectives laid down by National
Cancer Control Programme, Government of India.
The department organises various cancer awareness
and detection camps for primary prevention of
cancers by health education especially hazards of
tobacco consumption and necessity of genital
hygiene for prevention of cervical cancers and
secondary prevention i.e. early detection and
diagnosis of cancers.
Cancer Awareness Camps: The department
organises cancer awareness camps with the
objectives of promoting awareness about the risks of
common cancers and their curability if detected early
in the community. During these camps, knowledge on
cancer like its causes and natural history, warning signs and symptoms of cancer are explained to the
visitors. Self-examination methods are emphasized
particularly of oral cavity with need for quitting
tobacco. Method of breast self-examination is also
propagated among women visitors. Awareness about
cancer is created by distribution of publicity material
like pamphlets, posters, flip charts, exhibition and
In a year, 3 education camps (Cancer Exhibition) were
organized and 300 individuals visited the exhibition.
Cancer Detection Camps: Department involves in
arrangement of cancer detection camps at various
places in Gujarat. The objectives of the detection
camps are to detect cancers in their early stage
especially oral cancers in men, and breast and
cervical cancers in women. Suspicious cases were
referred to GCRI for further diagnostic and
In a year, 31 cancer detection camps were organized
in Gujarat State and screened 1897 individuals and 33
suspicious cases referred to GCRI.
Mobile Cancer Screening Van (Sanjeevani Rath)
Camps: A high tech cancer screening mobile van
(Sanjeevani Rath) was launched in the year 2009 to
detect the cancer patients in their early stages of the
ailment, especially in rural areas. The expert team
identifies suspected cases of possible cancer and if
needed, refers them to GCRI for further evaluation.
This mobile cancer screening van is equipped with
advanced mammography and sonography machine
which are very useful to detect breast cancer - the
most common cancer found in women in their very
A total of 6 mobile cancer screening van (Sanjeevani
Rath) camps were organized in various place of
Gujarat state and screened 277 individuals and 26
suspicious cases referred to GCRI during the year
2013. Following table shows summary report of
Sanjeevani Rath camp activities.
Siddhpur Cancer Care Centre OPD A total of 120 OPD days at Siddhpur screened 632
individuals and 291 suspicious cases referred to GCRI
during the year 2013.
Cancer Awareness Activities at Community Level: Department is taking active participation in
celebration of different days like World No Tobacco
Day, World Cancer Day, National Cancer Awareness
Day, Kite Flying Day, Holi, etc. The objectives of these
celebrations are :
ii) To create awareness about cancer among
ii) To motivate people about screening of common
cancers (Oral, Breast and Cervix)
iii) To sensitize people against tobacco hazards.
(c ) Cancer Epidemiology:
Department helps Doctors and Researchers for
Statistical Analysis of their studies. It provides
various data to the Doctors and Researchers for their
dissertation / research work. Department also
provides various statistical data and reports to the
Administration and Government as and when
required. During the year 2013, 47 GCRI staff requested for
data retrieval and 14 GCRI staff was assisted for their
Statistical Analysis work.
Research Activities :
Department has two research projects.
HPV Vaccine Project: GCRI is a collaborative research
centre with International Agency for Research on
Cancer (IARC), Lyon, France, and working on a project
entitled Effectiveness and safety of 2 Vs 3 doses of
HPV vaccine in preventing cervical: An Indian multicentre
INDOX Project: GCRI is one of the participating
centres for INDOX case control consortium study for
breast cancer and colorectal cancers in India.
Meeting organized: The Ahmedabad Cancer Registry
Advisory Committee (ACRAC) Meeting was organised
on October 15, 2013.