EPIDEMIOLOGY, BIOSTATISTICS AND CANCER REGISTRY
HISTORICAL IMPRINTS in CANCER REGISTRATION ACTIVITIES

YEAR EVENTS
1954 HOSPITAL CANCER REGISTRY (HCR) WAS BORN
1981 MADRAS METROPOLITAN TUMOUR REGISTRY (MMTR) UNDER ICMR WAS ESTABLISHED
1984 HOSPITAL CANCER REGISTRY WAS LINKED TO ICMR NATIONAL NETWORK
1987 MMTR DATA WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN WHO-IARC ScI. Pub. Series CI5 Vol V
1992 NOVEL METHOD FOR OPTIMIZING MORTALITY STATISTICS WAS INTODUCED BY MMTR,
In later years, ICMR recommended this for other registries to follow
1994 Dr. V. SHANTA DELIVERED THE KEY-NOTE ADDRESS IN THE WORLD IACR SUMMIT,
A great honour for Madras registries among others in India
1997 Dr. V. SHANTA WAS AWARDED “HONORARY MEMBERSHIP” BY IACR, Honoured for the “Work for Development of Registries in India”
1998 MMTR SURVIVAL DATA ON TOP 10 CANCERS WERE INCLUDED IN IARC ScI. Pub. No. 145, Dr. R. Swaminathan contributed to the analysis and writing of chapters
2001 HBCR - DIGITIZING CASE RECORDS OF EXPIRED PATIENTS SINCE 1954 COMMENCED,
This improved storage and information retrieval from old case-records
2002 CLINICAL SECRETARIAT WAS COMMISSIONED, Data abstraction,
processing and analysis for in-house research work.
2004 DINDIGUL AMBILIKKAI CANCER REGISTRY UNDER IARC WAS COMMISSIONED
2006 ICMR STUDY ON PATTERN OF CARE AND SURVIVAL WAS STARTED
2010 Dr. .R. SWAMINATHAN WAS ELECTED AS IACR REPRESENTATIVE OF ASIA, 2010-14,
A great honour for Chennai registries among the rest in India.
2011 Dr. R. SWAMINATHAN WAS PRINCIPAL EDITOR OF IARC Sci. Pub. 162 – SurvCan,
MMTR survival data on 18 cancers was published + expertise utilized in analysis.
2012 TAMIL NADU CANCER REGISTRY PROJECT (TNCRP) WAS UNVEILED,
Entire state covered under cancer registration.

POPULATION-BASED CHILDHOOD CANCER REGISTRY WAS COMMISSIONED,
The only one of its kind in India.
2013 Dr. .R. SWAMINATHAN WAS AN EDITOR OF WHO-IARC CI5 VOLUME 10,
The first from India to serve in this capacity till date.

CANCER REGISTRY COVERING NUCLEAR INSTALLATIONS STARTED,
Kalpakkam and Kudankulam areas chosen for this special effort.
2014 HBCR - DEVELOPING ELECTRONIC DATABASE ON 22 CANCERS TREATED AT THE CANCER INSTITUTE (W.I.A) FROM 1985 ONWARDS FOR OUTCOME STUDIES