A Story of Shaukat Khanum Lab: The World’s First Cancer Research Institute
Section 1: The founder of the institute
Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, believed in the value of education for all, irrespective of whether they had the means to attend it or not. His own circumstances were such that he had to borrow a few rupees from his neighbours, just to enroll at Victoria College, Lahore, for higher studies. Many of the benefactors who helped him in this regard, never received the acknowledgement or thanks due to them. Fortunately, when he started his private charitable trust in 1953, he had a vision of making healthcare available for all, irrespective of their socioeconomic status.
How the institute came to be
Till the 1940s, Pakistan had a more ‘traditional’ approach to cancer treatment: Quackery was the norm, and people were prescribed herbs to ‘cure’ or ‘treat’ cancer. But when a new law went into effect in 1991, the country sought to transform its dismal medical landscape. Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre was established in Lahore in 1998. Since then, it has treated over 2,000,000 patients and provided them with free or subsidized treatment.
A Story of Shaukat Khanum Lab: The World’s First Cancer Research Institute’s revolutionary technology
The first medical lab in Pakistan
Despite the establishment of Shaukat Khanum, the cancer research hospital did not have a fully functional, functional clinical laboratory.
The spread of cancer
Chronic illnesses and their debilitating and often fatal effects are one of the deadliest health conditions today. As the burden of chronic illnesses increases, the number of people suffering from cancer is rapidly increasing too. An average of 8 million new cases are diagnosed every year, and 2.7 million people die of the disease. A third of all cancer deaths occur in low and middle-income countries where healthcare systems are weak, when access to diagnostic and treatment services is limited and quality is inadequate.
The World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) defines cancer as an uncontrolled growth of cells, which occurs when the DNA does not properly separate and repair, leading to abnormal cells. The researchers say, these are mutating cells that grow uncontrolled.
A war against cancer
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy’s TED Talk
Shoaib Khan’s Tweets
The first cancer research institute
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, Pakistan’s first, pioneer and largest cancer hospital with over 100 beds and state-of-the-art facilities, is a unique landmark. After 30 years of dedication and tireless efforts of doctors and team of highly qualified specialists, the treatment facility is ready to take on the fight against cancer in Pakistan. Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital provides comprehensive and integrated cancer care in Pakistan. We give you a story of hope.
Written by Dr. Saira Afzal
Cancer had occupied a special place in my own life ever since I took my first trip to doctor’s hospital. After checking my symptoms, the doctor made a diagnosis that changed my life forever. I was diagnosed with cancer of the pancreas.
The future of Shaukat Khanum Lab
By Yawar Abbas
The founder and patron-in-chief of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) Begum Muhammad Yunus
ALEXANDRIA, VA, USA, October 16, 2018 / EINPresswire.com / — Photo: SKMCH & RCThe future of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) has always been a matter of great concern for all Pakistanis. Apart from being the world’s first cancer research institute, the hospital is also the country’s biggest charitable hospital. Thousands of children, women and men are being treated free of charge. In Pakistan’s difficult socioeconomic conditions, such facilities cannot be afforded by every individual.As the proud patron-in-chief of this noble institute, Begum Muhammad Yunus , mother of the late Dr.
‘Shaukat Khanum is establishing a unique cancer treatment center to serve patients of Pakistan and beyond.’
Pakistan will be the third country in the world with this exclusive center.
Cancer is Pakistan’s major health burden.
Pakistan ranks 15th in cancer-related deaths in the world.
Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital & Research Centre is the only hospital in Pakistan with cancer cells in its freezer, which means it can operate around the clock.
Dr Zafar Ali, Head of Oncology at Shaukat Khanum, has been tasked with establishing the first multi-modal cancer treatment center in the country. This is Pakistan’s most important medical milestone.
The facility will provide extensive clinical trials and non-surgical methods to enable early diagnosis and treatment.
New centers for research and treatment
Centers for research and treatment are being established in Karachi and Lahore and in 20 other cities to serve people with cancer.
Lab on Wheels – Bollywood actress Kajol inaugurates Shaukat Khanum’s mobile cancer treatment unit.
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre has established cancer centers in Lahore and Karachi.
Lahore center inaugurated in December 2018 by the health minister of Punjab, Yasmeen Rashid.
Coordinated efforts are being made to serve patients. For this purpose, first of its kind – Lab on Wheels – was inaugurated in the city of Lahore.
This free of cost mobile medical facility was formally inaugurated by the popular Bollywood actress Kajol.