LUMHS sets up Pakistan’s first cancer research laboratory

Published October 22, 2021
A scanning electron micrograph of human colon cancer cells, mag. 8600x is seen in an undated handout photo. — Reuters/File
A scanning electron micrograph of human colon cancer cells, mag. 8600x is seen in an undated handout photo. — Reuters/File

HYDERABAD: Liaquat University of Medical and Health Sciences on Thursday announced establishment of Pakistan’s first of its kind cancer research laboratory.

The laboratory would produce medicines for all types of cancer in next three years as this ailment was not responding to available drugs, said LUMHS vice chancellor Prof Dr Bikha Ram.

Flanked by LUMHS Medical Research Centre director Dr Binafsha Manzoor Syed at local press club, the VC said that the laboratory was fully funded by the Higher Education Commission which was sponsoring six projects in LUMHS at a cost of Rs1,582m.

It was landmark achievement which was made possible by the collective efforts of Dr Ikramuddin Ujjan, Dr Binafsha Manzoor and a team of doctors and scientists of LUMHS, he said.

Dr Binafsha pointed that 22,000 cases of cancer patients had been examined since 2008 in the medical research centre. “This study reveals that the type of breast and colorectal cancer in Sindh is more aggressive than the European cancer.,” she said.

“The medicines that are being applied on patients currently are not responding in great majority which is evident of aggressive type of the cancers,” she said.

Published in Dawn, October 22nd, 2021

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