Cancer is the second leading cause of death after heart disease. It is the only disease that causes tremendous morbidity and pain in patients. It not only affects the individual but also affects the whole family and the community and is associated with social and economic disruption. Unfortunately, cancer incidence is rising in Pakistan and we are almost on the verge of an epidemic of liver and breast cancer. Around 3, 40,000 persons are afflicted with cancer every year, calculated as 170 cancers per year in a population of 100,000. Only 60,500 get adequate treatment as we lack facilities for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in Pakistan. Here is the list of Top 10 Cancer Hospital in Pakistan you can also say these are the best cancer hospitals in Pakistan.
1. Shaukat Khanum
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centres (SKMCH&RC) are state-of-the-art cancer centers located in Lahore and Peshawar, Pakistan. SKMCH&RC, Lahore was the first project of the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust. Pakistan’s first Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, located in Johar Town in Lahore, is built on a 20-acre site. It was planned in three phases with the first one costing nearly US$ 22 million; nearly 67 per cent of the required budget came in the form of donations. As one of the largest cancer care centers in Pakistan, Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centres in Lahore and Peshawar offer a wide range of health care services including clinical, diagnostic, outpatient, and others. Shaukat Khanum Hospitals in Lahore and Peshawar have resumed physical visits of new patients in all clinics/specialties in its Outpatient Department.
2. The Institute Of Nuclear Medicine And Oncology (INMOL), Lahore
The Institute Of Nuclear Medicine & Oncology (INMOL) was established by Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) in 1984. INMOL Hospital is one of the best cancer hospitals in Lahore treating cancer patients. The Hospital has been providing the best medical services, including diagnosis and treatment of cancer. INMOL is providing diagnostics and treatment facilities to cancer patients. INMOL was established to help poor cancer patients. PWSI provides free medicines to deserving patients and INMOL house is reserved for the traveling patients and provided with all necessary facilities with arrangements of breakfast and lunch for patients and their attendants. INMOL also provides facility of recreation rooms for patients who get tired of the gloomy atmosphere of their ward.
3. Bait-ul–Sukoon Cancer Hospital, Karachi
Bait-ul-Sukoon (House of Peace & Contentment) is the only Free cancer hospital with a hospice in Pakistan. Baitul-ul-Sukoon is located in Karachi. The ‘Bait-ul-Sukoon’ foundation has constructed purpose-built premises with 50 beds for inpatients and diagnostic facilities of mammography, ultrasound radiography, pathological laboratory, and in-house pharmacy offering a complete range of cancer treatment drugs. Palliative, as well as a curative treatment, is provided Free of cost to all patients. Complete Cancer treatment, including boarding and lodging costs, is borne by the institution. All patients are pathologically tested. in-house services include radiology, ultrasound diagnostics, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy.
4. Shifa Hospital
Shifa International Hospital Islamabad is a 550-bed quaternary care healthcare facility, offering quality services to local as well as international patient communities for over 25 years. The Hospital was incorporated on September 20, 1987, as a Private Limited Company and converted into a Public Limited Company on October 12, 1989. The first Shifa office was established at the residence of Dr. Zaheer Ahmad in sector F-8/3 of Islamabad.
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5. Cancer Foundation Hospital, Karachi
Cancer Foundation Hospital is a cancer specialized hospital and offers expert consultation and treatment for cancer at subsidized rates. The Cancer Foundation is a not-for-profit NGO incorporated under the SECP Companies Act as a Sec. 42 company. Their ‘business’ model ensures that the cost to patients is lower by at least 40 percent when compared to the price paid by patients at similar organizations around them. The hospital aims to provide high-quality care and treatment at cost-based prices to its patients. There is an outpatient clinic with 12 examining suites. The radiology department offers 3D digital mammography (the first one in Pakistan), CT scan, ultrasound, conventional imaging, and Spect CT. Radiation therapy is planned for the next phase.
6. Nuclear Medicine, Oncology and Radiotherapy Institute (NORI), Islamabad
Nuclear Medicine, Oncology, and Radiotherapy Institute (NORI) is the 7th cancer
hospital and research centre; established by Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC)
in 1983 at Islamabad, adjacent to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS). NORI is the first institute that has been recognized by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan (CPSP) for the training of Fellows of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (FCPS) in Nuclear Medicine and radiotherapy. The hospital is providing treatment facilities to about 40,000 patients from Islamabad, Hazara, Jhelum, Sargodha, Azad Kashmir, etc. The Institute has the following department
- Nuclear Medicine Department
- Radiotherapy & Oncology Department
- Medical Physics Department
7. Cancer Care Hospital
Cancer care hospital is the latest cancer hospital located in Lahore. Cancer Care hospital aims to provide free-of-cost quality and comprehensive cancer treatment to all patients meeting their physical, social, economic, and spiritual needs and teaching, training and disseminating the latest development in the field of oncology ensuring aggressive research and development of indigenous cancer drugs.
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8. Indus Hospital
Indus Hospital & Health Network (IHHN) provides quality healthcare absolutely free of cost to millions of deserving patients through its countrywide network of hospitals in Pakistan. Starting with only one hospital in Karachi in 2007, IHHN is now managing multiple tertiary and secondary care Hospitals, Physical Rehabilitation Centers, Regional Blood Centers, Community Health Centers, and various Public Health Programs spread across Pakistan.
Indus Hospital & Health Network’s purpose is to provide indiscriminate, quality healthcare to all in state-of-art facilities across Pakistan. IHHN is a not-for-profit healthcare system that solely relies on public donations.
9. Aga Khan University Hospital
The Aga Khan University Hospital strives to maintain the highest standards of safe and quality health care for all patients, in all their facilities. The quality and Patient Safety team at the Aga Khan University Hospital has excessive training and experience in managing and ensuring the highest Quality Standards within the facilities and systems to ensure patient safety. Their high-performance standards have been certified by two prestigious global accrediting bodies; Joint Commission International (JCI) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP).
10. Kiran Hospital
Karachi Institute of Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine (KIRAN) is a cancer hospital in Karachi under the administrative control of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, duly registered with the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA). Institute is one of the 18 medical centers spread all over the country where patients have access to diagnostic and treatment facilities either free of charge or at subsidized rates. KIRAN was initially planned to have state-of-the-art Radiotherapy facilities, subsequently, oncology and chemotherapy services were established to meet the growing demand of poor cancer patients in Karachi and Rural areas of Sindh and Baluchistan at the lowest cost. Presently hospital provides facilities for Clinical Oncology, Nuclear Medicine, Radiology, a Clinical Laboratory with an Indoor unit, and a Pharmacy.