Paediatric Oncology at SKMCH&RC, Peshawar
The Paediatric Oncology Department at SKMCH&RC, Peshawar opened its doors for new childhood cancer patients in September 2018. These patients are given the most up-to-date treatment similar to that provided at SKMCH&RC in Lahore, following international protocols. At paediatric oncology clinics, patients including those undergoing treatment and those who have completed their treatment for follow-up, are evaluated. Most of the departmental faculty has been trained from well-reputed international hospitals.
The Department of Paediatric Oncology at SKMCH&RC, Peshawar has the following sub-sections:
Inpatients: The Department of Paediatric Oncology at SKMCH&RC, Peshawar currently has 4 dedicated inpatient beds with plans to expand further. Intensive Care Unit (ICU) facility is also available for children requiring such care.
Chemotherapy Bay: The Department currently has 2 allocated paediatric beds where outpatient chemotherapy is provided for up to 10 patients every day.
Clinics: Outpatient clinics for cancer patients are held three times a week. There are formal long term follow up clinics 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 support these individuals.
Outpatient Antibiotic Therapy Bay: This outpatient clinic provides services for administration of parental antibiotics for oncology patients with average 10-20 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.
The Paediatric Oncology services at SKMCH&RC, Peshawar are expected to expand by the end of year 2019 with more bed availability in both inpatient and chemotherapy bay.
TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PHYSICIANS
Departmental academic activity includes daily patient ward rounds, weekly grand rounds and multi-disciplinary meetings with the paediatric oncology team in Lahore.