The SKMCH&RC Pediatric Oncology department takes approximately 400-500 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. Most of the departmental faculty has been trained from well reputed international hospitals.
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.
SKMCH&RC, Lahore is the only hospital in the country to offer autologous bone marrow transplant treatment for lymphoma and solid tumours. This service has regularly reported excellent results since its inception in 2009. Allo-Bone marrow transplant is in the pipeline for the year 2018 in Malignant Haematology.
Inpatients: The Pediatric Oncology department has a dedicated 28-bedded Inpatient unit with an average of 28-35 children admitted at any given 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.
Outpatient Antibiotic Therapy Bay: This outpatient clinic provides services for administration of parental antibiotics for Oncology patients with average 50-60 visits per day. Those needing growth factors (GCSF, EPO etc.), elective blood transfusions and blood thinners e.g. Enoxaparin are also accommodated in the same facility.
Training in Paediatric Oncology has been established within the department. The fellowship programme in Paediatric Oncology provides training in all aspects of oncology as well as Malignant Haematology through a structured training programme recognized by the College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan, leading to second FCPS in Paediatric Oncology.
Departmental academic activity includes daily patient ward rounds, weekly Grand rounds, Fellow teaching every week with presentations, Journal clubs, protocol reviews and Multi-disciplinary meetings for Lymphomas, Bone marrow transplant, Sarcomas, Paediatric Tumor Boards and Retinoblastoma every week.
The department is involved in a number of in-house research projects. The department has given oral presentations, submitted abstracts and published manuscripts in a number of International/local meetings & journal respectively. Ongoing projects include:
- Time to antibiotics in the pediatric patients with fever and neutropenia
- Outcomes of Osteosarcoma
- Reasons for abandonment of care in patients with Osteosarcoma.
- Outcomes of Hodgkin lymphoma and Anaplastic Lymphoma (ALCL).
- Pediatric Cancer Care: Qualitative Review of Caregivers Knowledge, Attitude and Practices
- Reasons for referral of pediatric oncology patients to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
Certifications & Affiliations:
The Department of Paediatric Oncology is recognized for full 2 year-programme by the FCPS (Paediatric Oncology) by College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan.