The Department of Surgical Oncology offers comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and management services to both adult and paediatric cancer patients at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC). Our surgeons work in close collaboration with medical and radiation oncologists to ensure that a multidisciplinary approach is followed for each patient at the Hospital. Pain management specialists, dieticians and psychologists are also available at the Hospital round the clock to provide multidimensional care to our patients.
Facilities & Services
The department has a number of divisions. Our surgeons are able to provide extensive surgical care in areas of adult and paediatric gastrointestinology, including hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgical oncology. Breast, thoracic, endocrinology, neurology, maxillofacial, orthopaedics, gynaecology and urology services are also available.
The Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery has established itself nationally and regionally as a renowned centre for minimally invasive, otherwise known as laparoscopic or keyhole surgery. Our surgeons are the pioneers of minimally invasive cancer surgery in Pakistan. The services this division currently offers include minimally invasive oesophageal and gastric resections, rectal resections and colectomies. The division has a fully established, dedicated hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery service. Liver resections, Whipple procedures, distal pancreatic resections, gall bladder and bile duct surgeries are also performed routinely.
Head and Neck Surgery
The Division of Head and Neck Surgery provides extensive treatment in all areas including the resection of various head and neck cancers as well as a number of reconstructive procedures. The ability to perform reconstructions has been enhanced with the addition of the microscope.
The Division of Breast Surgery performs more than 100 surgical procedures a month. Our surgeons adeptly perform sentinel lymph node biopsies, wire-localised and sono-marked lumpectomies in addition to all conventional surgical procedures.
The Division of Gynaecological Surgery performs all conventional oncological procedures. In addition to those procedures, minimally invasive fertility preserving surgeries and hysterectomies are also performed. Complex resections requiring the removal of rectum and bladder along with uterus are also offered to our patients.
The Division of Urological Surgery offers procedures for cancers of the kidney, bladder and prostate. Our surgeons also perform endoscopic removal of bladder and prostate tumours along with radical open nephrectomy and cystectomy.
The Division of Orthopaedics provides extensive surgical services for the removal of musculoskeletal tumours and soft tissue sarcomas.
The Division of Neurosurgery offers surgery for primary and secondary intracranial tumours.
Training Opportunities for Physicians
The Department of Surgical Oncology is the first programme in Pakistan to be accredited by the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Pakistan (CPSP) for subspecialty training in surgical oncology. The training opportunities at SKMCH&RC include:
- Four-Year Residency Programme in General Surgery (Accredited by CPSP)
- Four-Year Residency Programme in Maxillofacial Surgery (Accredited by CPSP)
- Two-Year Fellowship Programme in Surgical Oncology (Accredited by CPSP)
- Two-Year Fellowship Programme in Breast Oncology
- Two-Year Fellowship Programme in Orthopedic Oncology
- Two-Year Fellowship Programme in in Uro-oncology
Our training programmes feature a strong academic focus with monthly journal clubs and evidence-based sessions. In addition, monthly morbidity and mortality meetings are conducted. Teaching sessions are conducted thrice a week. Our trainees are evaluated every 6 months to discuss their training needs. The fellows work in close collaboration with residents and a supervision-based training model is followed.
The Department of Surgical Oncology takes great pride in providing excellent research opportunities to our trainees. Currently, our department is actively involved in multiple research projects and we support fellows and residents to present their results in various prestigious meetings both nationally and internationally. See Research Publications