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Free treatment for pre-cancerous lesions at NICPR in Sector 39

NOIDA: Patients suffering from pre-cancerous lesions can now be treated for free at the wellness clinic of the National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research (NICPR) in Sector 39, using the latest LEEP (loop electrosurgical excision procedure) which will be available at the clinic by mid-November.

Operating on the NICPR's premises for the past three years, the clinic which carries out screening of patients for breast, cervical and oral cancers, was formally registered by the health department this week. The LEEP — an advanced surgical procedure for removal of the precancerous lesions from a patient's cervix — is available in Noida at only a few private clinics.

According to doctors, the treatment is not available in any of the government facilities in Noida and the private clinics that have it, do not have the expertise to do the procedure regularly. This expensive treatment is not available in most of the major private hospitals and patients are generally referred to AIIMS or the Delhi State Cancer Institute for this.

"The clinic runs from 10am to 4pm from Monday to Friday. Any patient can walk in to get free screening for breast, oral and cervical cancers. We are providing free treatment for pre-cancerous lesions," Dr Ravi Mehrotra, director of NICPR, told TOI.

LEEP uses a low-voltage electrical current for removing the abnormal tissues from a patient's cervix.

When a patient walks in for a screening of cervical cancer, she is first subjected to a pap smear test but patients might have to wait for almost a week for the results.

While all the three stages of pre-cancerous lesions are treated at the clinic, in case a lesion is cancerous, the patient is immediately referred to AIIMS or Delhi State Cancer Institute (DSCI), officials said.

The clinic is also providing the facility of an HPV (Human papilloma virus) check for detection of a high-risk infection of the sexually transmitted infection in women for free. A breast clinic is held every Friday for screening of breast cancer, open for all.