Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre
|Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre|
|Location||Lahore and Peshawar, Pakistan|
|Hospital type||Specialist and teaching|
|Founded||29 December 1994|
|Lists||Hospitals in Pakistan|
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) ( 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 its largest radiation oncology centre. It is doing a feasibility study for a third hospital, located in Karachi.
The hospital claims that 75 percent of its 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 the outpatient department. About 33,783 patients received chemotherapy and 53,451 got radiation treatment in 2013.
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 battling with cancer. Inaugurated on 29 December 1994, SKMCH&RC's 195-bed Lahore hospital spends Rs 19.0 billion annually as financial support for patients and employees 2,121 staff members.
Its second hospital was inaugurated on 29 December 2015 by a cancer patient n Peshawar, spread over 6 acres; the hospital is expected to be operational by the end of 2015; The hospital to be completed at the cost of Rs 3 billion would have 1700 doctors, technicians and other staff to be recruitment from the locals. These people would be imparted special training to enable them to facilitate in the treatment and research on the complicated disease like 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.
Since opening, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital and Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust have both accumulated local and international recognition. In 1992, Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan, Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan came together for the Shaukat Khanum Appeal Concert.
Celebrity support for Shaukat Khanum has continued throughout the years. Notable Pakistani Actor, Fawad Khan, dedicated his debut Bollywood film titled "Khoobsurat" to the foundation. Fawad is currently one of the most prominent celebrities who is diligently supporting Shaukat Khanum.
Board of Governors
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.
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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
- Prevalence and spectrum of BRCA1/2 germline mutations in Pakistani Breast and/or Ovarian Cancer families.
- 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.
- Genetic causes of colorectal cancer in the Pakistani population.
(2) Tumor virology
- Human Papillomavirus Associated with Esophageal Cancer in Pakistan - A Retrospective Analysis.
- Human Papillomavirus in Cervical Cancer cases from Pakistan.
- Transcriptional profiling of Hodgkin's Lymphoma; relationship to EBV status, histological subtype and geographical locale.
(3) Infections and cancer
- Quantitative PCR for detection & quantification of fungal infections in patients with AML, ALL and Myelodysplastic Syndrome.
It is estimated that about 150,000 new cancer cases are diagnosed in Pakistan each year. Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre was built with the mission of providing state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic facilities for cancer patients irrespective of their ability to pay. SKMCH&RC accept only a fraction of this number for treatment. Therefore, the Hospital has to prudently manage its resources by accepting those cases that benefit the most from treatment. Based on this SKMCH&RC have established medical guidelines on which it screen patients for acceptance for treatment at the hospital. Since the hospital has limited capacity, these guidelines are subject to change. There are four broad principles which govern these guidelines on which patients are accepted for supported treatment at SKMCH&RC and they are:
Patients who are diagnosed with cancer or have any indication of having cancer.
Patients whose cancer is at a curable stage.
Patients who are physically capable of withstanding cancer treatment.
Patients who have not been previously treated for cancer.
For this purpose, Shaukat Khanum Walk-in Clinics have been established in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar and Multan to screen patients and accept them for treatment on financial support at SKMCH&RC. Patients are seen on a first come first served basis at these locations.
Notes and references
- SKMH becomes ‘largest’ radiation oncology facility provider
- KARACHI TO HAVE SHAUKAT KHANUM HOSPITAL AS WELL
- Shaukat Khanum Hospital spent Rs2.6b on the poor
- Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre-Help Center. Retrieved 27 December 2011
- Work on KP Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital to complete in 2015
- "History". SKMCH&RC. Retrieved 21 February 2013.