Pune: AFMC Hosts Workshop On Molecular Pathology-Approach To Cancer

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Pune, 3rd December 2021: The Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) at Pune hosted the Inter Command CME cum workshop on Molecular Pathology- Approach to Cancer from 03-04 Dec 2021. It was an unique conference designed to address the holistic approach to the diagnosis of various human cancers using the cutting-edge technology in the field of molecular pathology. The two-day event featured distinguished faculty both Armed Forces and civil Pathologist from the leading luminaries in the field of pathology.

The conference was organised by the Department of Pathology, AFMC which boasts of the latest state of the art equipment in its armamentarium.  As part of the two-day CME, multiple lectures addressing challenges and testing in some of the common cancers like lung cancers, brain tumors, hematologic cancers and cancers of female reproductive system were organised. The delegates undertook practical demonstration and hands on workshops on molecular techniques like PCR, FISH and Karyotyping.

The conference was inaugurated by Lt Gen Rajshree Ramasethu, Director & Comdt, AFMC. She stressed upon the important role played by the molecular techniques in arriving at the correct diagnosis, more so in the field of cancers where every bit of sample matters. She exhorted the young pathologist to apprise themselves of the latest in the field of molecular pathology as this knowledge will provide the basis for customised cancer treatment, so-called precision medicine. She also released a compendium of lectures in Molecular Pathology conducted by the department on the occasion.

Air Vice Mshl Rajesh Vaidya, VSM Dean & Deputy Commandant, Armed Forces Medical College, welcomed and congratulated the delegates for showing such keen enthusiasm during the CME. He emphasised on the big strides made in the field of molecular pathology speciality in the last two decades.

Maj Gen Kavita Sahai, VSM an oncopathologist of repute gave the key note address highlighting the ultimate goal of molecular pathology in cancers, which is to predict risk, facilitate diagnosis and improve prognostication based on a complete understanding of the biological impact of specific molecular variations. Distinguished faculty form Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, the apex cancer institute, took series of lectures and shared their experiences.