Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre

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Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre
Shaukat Khanum Memorial logo.png
Location Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Funding Non-profit hospital
Hospital type Specialist / Teaching
Beds 195
Founded 29 December 1994
Website SKMCH&RC
Lists Hospitals in Pakistan

Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) (Punjabi: شوکت خانم میموریل کینسر ہسپتال; Urdu: شوکت خانم یادگاری سرطان شفاخانہ اور مرکز تحقیق‎) is a research oriented cancer specialized hospital located in Lahore and Peshawar in Pakistan founded by Imran Khan. It is Pakistan's largest cancer hospital and it's largest radiation oncology center.[1] It is currently doing a feasibility study for a third hospital, located in Karachi.[2]

The hospital claims that 75 percent of it's patients are being treated free of cost. In 2013, the hospital admitted 9,211 new cancer patients while the hospital recorded nearly 175,000 visits of cancer patients in outpatient department. About 33,783 patients received chemotherapy and 53,451 got the radiation treatment in 2013.[3]

It is a project of the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust, which is a charitable organization established under the Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860 of Pakistan. It is named after the mother of Imran Khan who died after the battling with cancer.[4] Inaugurated on 29 December 1994 SKMCH&RC's 195 bed Lahore hospital spends $198 million annually as financially support for patients and employees 90 consultants, physicians and surgeons.[5]

It's second hospital is currently under-construction in Peshawar, spread over 6 acres the hospital is expected to be operational in by end of 2015, the total cost of the second hospital is Rs. 6.8 billion.[6][7]

Mission statement[edit]

To act as a model institution to alleviate the suffering of patients with cancer through the application of modern methods of curative and palliative therapy irrespective of their ability to pay, the education of health care professionals and the public and perform research into the causes and treatment of cancer.


Designing and execution of the master plan was overseen by Dr. Nausherwan K. Burki, MB, PhD, FRCP, FCPS, FCCP, of the University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, Kentucky, USA in collaboration with an international team of cancer physicians and research workers. Designing and architectural services were provided by Arrasmith, Judd & Rapp, Architects in Health Planning of Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Architectural details were handled by Messrs. Nayyar Ali Dada & Associates of Lahore. Local engineering was performed by Messrs. Progressive Consultants, Lahore. Ground was broken in April 1991 and the hospital opened its doors on 29 December 1994.[8]

Board of Governors[edit]

The Hospital is a project of the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust, a non-profit legal entity established under the laws of Pakistan. The Board of Governors formulates overall policy and consists of bankers, researchers, businessmen and physicians. The Hospital is managed by a professional team from clinical, administrative and nursing backgrounds. Former Pakistani cricket Captain Imran Khan is the chairman of the Board of Governors.

Clinical departments[edit]


Research is needed to develop better ways of detecting and treating cancer and to improve cancer care. Over the coming years, SKMCH&RC's expanding knowledge of cancer genetics will have a major impact on its ability to predict an individual's level of risk of developing cancer, to detect and diagnose cancer early and to select treatments which are most likely to be effective. Ultimately, the genetic revolution may lead to ways of preventing cancer. The genetic revolution provides major opportunities for identifying people at risk of cancer and for developing better treatments. At the moment such studies are limited in Pakistan.

SKMCH&RC's research is organized in three different streams: i) epidemiology, which seeks to understand the lifestyle and environmental causes of cancer; ii) molecular biology, which will enable the development of better ways of predicting treatment responses and disease outcome i.e. molecular markers; and iii) clinical trials, which is primarily focused on the evaluation of existing and new therapies. The Management Information Systems (MIS) Department has developed a state of the art hospital information system. Through this system, the research team has been able to handle the logistics of a large hospital, documenting a wealth of patient information.

SKMCH&RC's objective is to explore the bridge between laboratory and clinic though the support of translational studies in areas of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment. It is important to maintain research concerned with cancer in local population, addressing issues of prevention through studies on the effects of genetic make-up, environment and lifestyle.

The research section has been developed over the last five years, and, recently, received a donation to refurbish the 3rd floor of the Hospital into a Research Wing, housing a suite of research laboratories, a data management and epidemiology division, as well as a clinical research section responsible for clinical trials.

The team of researchers is expanding and several projects are underway. Currently, Basic Sciences Research is divided into three main areas of interest and several projects are being conducted:

(1) Identification of genetic risk factors in the development of cancer

  • A study to evaluate the association between germline genetic variation and disease risk and outcome in ovarian carcinoma in Pakistan.
  • The role of p53 mutations in the development, progression and outcome of breast cancer in Pakistan.

(2) Tumor virology

  • Transcriptional profiling of Hodgkin's Lymphoma; relationship to EBV status, histological subtype and geographical locale.

(3) Infections and cancer

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