Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre

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Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre
شوکت خانم میموریل کینسر ہسپتال اور تحقیق اداره
Location Lahore and Peshawar, Karachi (under-construction), Pakistan
Funding Non-profit hospital
Hospital type Specialist and teaching
Beds 195 (SKMCH&RC, Lahore)
Founded 29 December 1994
Website SKMCH&RC
Lists Hospitals in Pakistan

Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (Urdu: شوکت خانم میموریل کینسر ہسپتال اور تحقیق اداره‎, abbreviated as SKMCH&RC)[1] is a cancer hospital located in Lahore, Pakistan. It is Pakistan's largest cancer hospital and is home to the largest radiation oncology centre.[2][3]


The hospital was built by Imran Khan, Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician and now elected Prime Minister. He had a vision to make cancer treatment accessible to every citizen of Pakistan, regardless of his/her background. This is evident by the hospital’s mission statement:

“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”.[14] 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.[4]

Since opening, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital and Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust have 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.[5][6] In the 1990s, Diana, Princess of Wales, visited the Pakistani hospital.[7]

Celebrity support for Shaukat Khanum has continued throughout the years. Notable Pakistani actor Fawad Khan, dedicated his debut Bollywood film Khoobsurat to the foundation.[8] Fawad is currently one of the most prominent celebrities who is diligently supporting Shaukat Khanum.[9][10]

Shaukat Khanum launched their latest edition for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) in 2015 with the help of singer Hadiqa Kiani and film actress Mahira Khan.[11][12]

According to different reports, currently, about 75% of the patients are financially assisted by SKMCH & RC.

In 2015, the hospital admitted 11,352 patients while 205,313 visited the outpatient department. The number of patients receiving chemotherapy and radiation therapy saw an increase from the previous year statistics − 42,559 cancer patients received chemotherapy treatment in 2015 as compared to 39,044 patients in the previous year and 65,132 received radiation therapy compared to 56,444 patients who received the same treatment in 2014.[13]

The hospitals are projects 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 cancer. Since its inauguration on 29 December 1994, SKMCH&RC, Lahore, has spent Rs. 22.18 billion (US$270 million)[14] on the treatment of its patients.

The second hospital was inaugurated on 29 December 2015 by a cancer patient in Peshawar.[15] At the completion of phase I, the hospital has commenced clinical services, with outpatient clinics, inpatient beds, a fully equipped intensive care unit (ICU), a full-service pharmacy and 24-hour emergency services. In addition, chemotherapy service has commenced operations, which is of tremendous benefit to its patients, who previously made physically, emotionally and financially demanding trips to Lahore to have cyclical chemotherapy treatments every few weeks.

In conjunction with the commencement of clinical services, the full range of pathology and radiology services have begun in Peshawar. The Radiology department has X-ray, fluoroscopy, ultrasound, mammography, CT and MRI facilities, and the PET-CT scanner (the first in Pakistan north of Lahore) should be operational this summer.[when?] Commencement of Radiation Oncology services, planned for 2018, and surgical services in 2020 are parts of phase two and phase three. SKMCH&RC, Peshawar is built according to the latest international healthcare standards and is even bigger than SKMCH&RC, Lahore.

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. Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan is the chairman of the board.

The Board of Governors of SKMT is composed of eminent individuals from diverse backgrounds, including bankers, researchers, businessmen, and physicians, who bring valuable experience to the table. The role of the Board includes governance and oversight of the clinical programmes, finances, and resource generation. Mr. Imran Khan (Chairman) Dr. Nausherwan Khan Burki Mrs. Aleema Khanum Dr. Uzma Ahad Mr. Ashiq Hussain Qureshi Dr. Tauseef Ahmed Mr. Saifuddin Zoomkawala Mian Muhammad Abdullah Mr. S. M. Muneer Mr. Munir Kamal Mr. Irfan Mustafa Mr. Tariq Shafi Mr. Ehsan Mani Mr. Shahid Hafeez Kardar

Clinical departments


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 streams:

  • epidemiology, which seeks to understand the lifestyle and environmental causes of cancer
  • molecular biology, which will enable the development of better ways of predicting treatment responses and disease outcome i.e. molecular markers
  • 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 third 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:

Identification of genetic risk factors in the development of cancer

Tumor virology

Infections and cancer

Quantitative PCR for detection & quantification of fungal infections in patients with AML, ALL and Myelodysplastic Syndrome.

See also

Notes and references

  1. ^ Brand Book of SKMCH&RC, Official. "The official Urdu name of SKMCH&RC" (PDF). [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ SKMH becomes ‘largest’ radiation oncology facility provider
  3. ^ Hospital Zakat Appeal, Shaukat Khanum. Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (PDF) Missing or empty |title= (help) [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "History". SKMCH&RC. Archived from the original on 4 July 2016. Retrieved 21 February 2013.
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  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 October 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  13. ^ "Patient Statistics". Archived from the original on 6 July 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  14. ^ "Fast Facts". Shaukat Khanum. Archived from the original on 4 July 2016. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Inauguration of SKMCH&RC Peshawar".

External links

  • Official website

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