India Train Cancer Treatment Centre (CTC) Programme

Programme Introdcution

The Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care (Lien Collab) efforts started in India on March 2015, when the APHN began its joint effort with AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi), to develop a programme for improved access to palliative care in India.


CTC Training Objectives


The Cancer Treatment Centre (CTC) Programme in India aims to 
1.    Develop Palliative Care services at                Cancer Treatment Centres in India
2.    Ensure oral morphine is available at               Cancer Treatment Centres
3.    Teach within the institution & outside
4.    Help build integrated services reaching         to the community

Capacity Building

Opioid Availability

Advocacy and policy



Every trained institution under the CTC programme will be equipped with the right knowledge and skills to

1.   Start Palliative care and Pain management

2.  Start round the clock Palliative care consultation       at OPD as well as in the wards.

3.  Have uninterrupted supply of oral morphine

4.  Provide advocacy services 

5.  To incorporate palliative care services in their            respective UG/ PG programs

The project continued to expand to achieve the following objectives:

Capacity building of OPD services, consult services, and staffing of trained practitioners.

Sustained advocacy and policy support following WHPCD Programmes and Institutional Pain/EOLC Policies.

Self-training education capabilities.

Opioid availability (Uninterrupted Oral Morphine Supply).

Course Outline

Duration 14 Months

Foundation Course

Clinical Attachment

Mentor Visit

Refresher Course

External Audit



Latest Updates 

To date, Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care Programme has completed 3 batches of CTC training in India. We have trained 110 clinicians from 31 Institutions across 20 states and 2 union territories, and with the great support of 22 faculty volunteers.

The 4th Batch of CTC training (CTC4) began in January 2020. Nevertheless, the clinical attachment of the 4th CTC Course planned in March to June 2020 has been postponed due to the Covid-19 situation. Since then, we have shifted the training online to the CTC4 case discussion Webinar on 22 April 2020 happening every week. There are a total of 17 Institutions and 63 Participants for CTC4 programme. With the success of CTC4 case discussion, the online training has since been extended to all CTC1 to CTC3 participants on 2 July 2020.

Our Faculty

A core team of 22 experienced palliative care experts from within India serve as volunteer faculty for the training program.