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The Tata Memorial Centre (TMC), comprising the Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH) and the Advanced Centre for Training, Research and Education in Cancer (ACTREC) is the oldest and largest cancer centre in the country. TMC has an annual registration of over 37000 new patients with cancer and caters to patients from all over the country. Based on a “Disease Management Group” concept, evidence based treatment is provided to all patients regardless of their socioeconomic status. Over the years, TMC has been responsible for training a large number of cancer specialists and creating quality human resource for comprehensive cancer management in India. TMC also has a long tradition of high-quality research in basic, translational and clinical research in cancer. Currently, several large practice-changing randomized trials have been completed or are ongoing in breast, oral, esophageal, soft tissue and cervical cancers, addressing important questions in the management of these cancers. TMC is committed to advancing the cause of clinical research in general and cancer research in particular.

The National Cancer Grid (NCG) of India is a collaboration of 77 major cancer centres, research institutes, charitable trusts and patient groups, virtually covering the entire length and breadth of the country and is amongst the largest cancer networks in the world. Funded by the Government of India through the Department of Atomic Energy, the NCG has the primary mandate of working towards uniform standards of care across India by adopting evidence-based management guidelines, which are implementable across these centres. It is also intended to facilitate exchange of expertise between centres and to create a ready network of centres for collaborative research in cancer. The NCG is poised to transform the overall spectrum of cancer care, education and research in India and serve as a model for other specialties to emulate. Initiatives of the NCG include adoption of uniform management guidelines for treatment of common cancers in India, institutional peer review, a central “National Cancer Library”, refresher courses in surgical pathology, training in clinical research methods, palliative care, standardization of surgical pathology including immunohistochemistry, radiation oncology quality assurance amongst others