The SKMCH&RC Pediatric Oncology department takes approximately 300 new cancer patients every year. These patients are then given the most up-to-date treatment for the large majority of childhood cancers following international protocols. Around 7,000 outpatient appointments are made every year to evaluate those undergoing treatment and to follow-up others who have completed theirs. The department participates in local and international trials and has an active teaching program for its doctors and nurses.
Facilities & Services
A child with cancer needs very special attention: good medical care and constant nurturing in addition to unconditional support for his or her family as well. At Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, our team of doctors, nurses and supportive services strive to provide the best possible care for children with cancer. The aim is not only to provide cancer treatment but also to improve the lives of those who receive it. Department sub-sections:
Inpatients: The Pediatric Oncology department shares a 31-bed Inpatient Ward with the Adult Oncology Department with an average of 20-25 children admitted at any time. Intensive care unit (ICU) facility is also available for children requiring such care.
Chemotherapy Bay: The department has a 10-bed day unit where outpatient chemotherapy is provided to 35-40 patients every day.
Clinics: Outpatient clinics for cancer patients are held on a daily basis. There is a formal long term follow up clinic where children, who are long term survivors of cancers are followed up with a view not only to oversee the late toxicities of cancer treatment, but also to help these individuals.
The department runs a three year fellowship programme for paediatrcians wishing to undertake specialist training in Paediatric Oncology. Training format is fashioned in line with the Paediatric Oncology specialist training in the UK. During the three year period, fellows are provided specialist training by direct teaching, work experience in various disciplines of Oncology (Paediatric Oncology, Clinical and Radiation Oncology, Lab Haematology). At the end of the three year programme, a fellowship certificate is awarded which is widely respected nationally and internationally.
DION: Paediatric oncology is an integral part of the diploma in oncology nursing. Consultant physicians actively participate in teaching/training the nursing students enrolled in the diploma programme
The department actively carries out clinical and basic research; both in-house and in collaboration with international bodies such as INCTR.
Two such studies are:
- Understanding the problems faced by parents of children with Retinoblastoma prior to treatment (INCTR trial)
- Transcriptional profiling of Hodgkin’s Lymphoma; Relationship to EBV status, histological subtype and geographical locale
Awards, Certifications & Affiliations
Affiliation to INCTR CCLG UK