When faced with cancer, everyone deserves a fair fight. Yet, most cancer patients in Pakistan neither have the means nor the support system to give them a fighting chance.
At Imran Khan Cancer Appeal (IKCA), all of our work on the ground happens through the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital (SKMCH) in Lahore and Peshawar. At both, we offer comprehensive cancer care free of charge in hospitals which houses all the specialised diagnostic and therapeutic facilities under a single roof.
We help save thousands of lives through free or subsidised medical care for cancer patients.
We carry out research in an effort to find new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer.
We educate healthcare professionals and raise public awareness of cancer, its signs, and its causes.
SKMCH was first established in Lahore in 1994. As a comprehensive care facility dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, it was a first in Pakistan. Since then, we’ve grown to expand our reach. To meet demand and support patients in harder to reach areas, we’ve established Diagnostics Centres, Laboratory Collection Centres, and Outreach Screening Clinics nationwide. In December 2015, our second cancer hospital was inaugurated in Peshawar. We are now planning a third in Karachi.
Cancer Care at SKMCH
- Did you know that SKMCH conducted the first ever bone marrow transplant in Lahore in 2006. The £14,000 procedure was carried out at no charge to the patient and was made possible through the generous support of an anonymous donor.
- At IKCA, we believe in providing cancer care for patients, irrespective of whether they can afford it or not. But free treatment shouldn’t mean poor service. Part of our promise is to ensure our Hospital stays current with technological advances in the medical field. To this end, SKMCH is pioneering cancer research in Pakistan; keeping abreast of the latest breakthroughs in cancer treatment; and acquiring state-of-the-art medical equipment.
- SKMCH was the first hospital in Pakistan to procure a PET CT scan in 2007. A Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computerised Tomography (CT) scan is an imaging technique. It helps provide information about the activity of cancer cells. Previously, patients in Pakistan had to go abroad to undergo this test.