Odisha starts Molecular tests to detect cancer
Molecular tests in cancer have started in Acharya Harihar Post Graduate Institute of Cancer (AHPGIC), SCB Medical College & Hospital and other tertiary care centres in Odisha on PPP mode in partnership with Bhubaneswar-based in DNA Laboratory.
The samples will be collected from these Institutions, tests performed in the laboratory in Bhubaneswar and reports submitted back to the concerned Institutions.
The entire cost would be borne by the state government through Nidan Scheme. The laboratory is selected through an open tender by Odisha State Medical Corporation Ltd (OSMCL), official sources said on Thursday.
Molecular tests of tumours are advanced version of tests those can help to understand the tumour biology and plan the treatment more precisely for targeted therapies. It is expensive and require specialised laboratories & expertise. This facility will benefit the cancer patients immensely.
While the tests have started in AHPGIC, SCB MCH in Cuttack, MKCG MCH Berhampur, VIMSAR Burla, PRMMCH Baripada, BBMCH Bolangir, SLNMCH Koraput, Capital Hospital Bhubaneswar and RGH Rourkela will follow soon, Health and Family Welfare department sources said.