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Oncology

Overview

Oncology is the branch of medicine that specialises in the study, treatment, and management of cancer right from the diagnosis of cancer to all the different treatments of cancer and palliative care. A doctor who specialises in oncology is called an oncologist.
A cancer patient is managed and treated by an oncologist. They diagnose cancer and then assign a stage depending on the severity of the disease. The treatment options are discussed and explored. If required the patient is then referred to the care of an oncologist who specialises in particular cancer and its treatment. Most times the treatment involves oncologists from different specialities such as radiation, surgery and chemotherapy working together on treating and managing a patient.

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Our team of doctors and specialists at Pakistan Institute Of Medical Sciences – PIMS provide medical oncology services and treatments through specialised as well as multi-disciplinary teams as and when required to give the best possible treatment and cancer care services for each patient.

HEAD OF DEPARTMENT

Dr. Qaiser

FACULTY

Dr. Name

Designation

Dr. Name

Designation

Research & Services

List of Services

i.Out Door Department:
This consists of a filter clinic and a consultant’s clinic. The consultant clinic is on alternate days i.e. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The filter clinic is staffed by post fellowship trainees who sit daily. All oncology patients are clerked and assessed thoroughly and then are either admitted for further treatment or worked up. These patients are seen and managed without any pre-conditions or requisites. Patients suspected of suffering from a malignancy are also assessed and then directed or referred to the appropriate facility for further diagnostic tests or procedures. A breast cancer screening is also functioning alongside the routine OPD. This service is open to all persons during the OPD timings.

ii. Chemotherapy Bay:
This service was established to facilitate those patients not requiring admission but being referred for chemotherapy administration. This functions during OPD hours and is located in Medical Ward 3 so as to ensure availability of a doctor. A dedicated nurse is available to look after and administer chemotherapy. Blood and blood component transfusion services are also offered to patients suffering from pancytopenia/myelosuppression and those referred from NORI.

iii.Indoor Department:
This consists of 8 beds; 4 female and male beds each. A daily teaching round is conducted by Consultant Oncologist. Twice weekly – on Monday and Thursday – a joint clinical meeting with the Departments of Pulmonology/ICU and Dermatology is held in Med Ward 3 .Case presentations and seminars are made in turn by these respective departments. Grand rounds are also presented by the Department of Oncology in their turn.

iv.Emergency Cover:
The Department of Oncology offers around the clock cover to the Emergency Department and is the only dedicated Oncology service in the city to attend acute cancer patients. A resident is on call in the ward at all times.



Facilities

The department consists of 8 beds; 4 female and male beds each. A daily teaching round is conducted by Consultant Oncologist. Twice weekly – on Monday and Thursday – a joint clinical meeting with the Departments of Pulmonology/ICU and Dermatology is held in Med Ward 3 .Case presentations and seminars are made in turn by these respective departments. Grand rounds are also presented by the Department of Oncology in their turn.

Emergency Cover: The Department of Oncology offers around the clock cover to the Emergency Department and is the only dedicated Oncology service in the city to attend acute cancer patients. A resident is on call in the ward at all times.

Duties & Responsibilities: These are as follows:
i. Professor & Head of Department: Supervising and ensuring smooth day to day running of the department of Oncology. Training of postgraduate residents, house officers, and nurses. Supervising and conducting the academic activities of the department and ensuring the proper training of the PGs and HOs.
ii. Medical Officers/PG Residents: These are residential duties in which the MOs and PGRs rotate between the ward, OPD, and EAC. They manage the patients, administer or supervise the administration of chemotherapy, and attend calls.
iii. House Officers: These are residential duties in which they are responsible for the clerking and investigating admitted patients. Other responsibilities include transfusing blood and blood components, and administering chemotherapy.
iv. Nurses: The Department of Oncology has two nurses who rotate through the normal shifts. There responsibilities primarily consist of attend and facilitating patients referred to the Chemotherapy bay from the OPD. They play a vital and integral role in looking after cancer patients admitted in the ward; liaisoning with the family and attendants, arranging medicines, and assisting the doctors.

Teaching Programs

TEACHING PROGRAMS

Department has imparted training to several post graduate fellows of CPSP.
Department has imparted training to several post graduate fellows of CPSP.
At present, we are in process of recognition by CPSP.