Blood cancer: a growing deadly disease in Pakistan

Blood cancer or leukaemia is a growing disease in Pakistan, affecting both genders and all age groups. This observation was made by consultant oncologist Dr. Saleem Siddiqui while addressing media persons here at Shifa International on Tuesday.

Although there is no credible data to measure the incidence or prevalence of leukaemia, or for that matter, many diseases in Pakistan, doctors make such observations on the basis of increasing number of patients visiting their clinics with a specific disease, in this case leukaemia.

Dr. Siddiqui said, blood cancer is a deadly but silent disease that can effectively be controlled if diagnosed on time. The real management of the disease involves bone marrow transplant; however, there are certain reservations about such an intervention. Firstly, it is a costly treatment and not common in Pakistan.

Secondly, it needs a donor whose bone marrow matches with that of the patient. Thirdly, the mortality rate among those who opt for bone marrow transplant is about 30%, and in 40% of the cases, there is a chance of reoccurrence of the disease after treatment. “On the other hand, Dr. Salim Siddiqui said, “Continuous medication for blood cancer is effective and makes the life of the patient comfortable till the medicine works.” Dr. Siddiqui said many patients cannot get themselves treated due to non-affordability. “Shifa International felt its responsibility and came forward to serve the needy. With the support of Pharma Co. Novartis, Shifa has been able to arrange and to provide free medicines for blood cancer patients. This facility covers patients belonging to upper Punjab, Islamabad and Rawalpindi, NWFP, Fata, Azad Kashmir and Afghanistan. “These patients are either referred to us by doctors in these areas, or they come to us directly,” he informed.

Dr. Siddique shared that a patient’s monthly dosage of medicines costs Rs120,000 to 200,000. “When a patient comes to us, some screening through tests is done to determine the suitability of drugs. In 95% cases, it is positive. All patients return to the clinic for follow-up every 4 to 6 weeks. At that time, certain tests are performed to determine the effectiveness of the medicine taken,” said Dr. Siddiqui. Shifa has been facilitating such patients for the last 4 years. “Currently, we have 592 registered patients. The medicines provided to them cost Rs721 million per year, with the monthly expense on these patients being approximately Rs60 million,” he shared.

Dr. Siddiqui assured that regardless of their number, all patients who test positive for the available drug will be served by Shifa without discrimination. At present, about 180 patients are coming through Shifa Foundation alone; these patients pay only Rs50 as initial registration while the rest pay only the consultancy fee and a discounted charge for the required tests.

Dr. Siddiqui concluded with an appeal to the media to support this noble cause by providing the right information to the general public.

Source: The News International, 12-feb-09

20 Comments

  1. Faheem Akhtar

    hello

    I am Faheem by younger brother have Blood Cancer (leukemia) he is newly married,
    doctors recommend him BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT, but this medica treatment is too costly we can not offord this , please help.
    i am from Pakistan Karacji

  2. Shahid Saleem

    Hi,
    I’m shahid Saleem my cousion that is my younger sister her name is Anam Javed that is 18 years old studing in Lahore Women Univristy Fine Arts Department she is recently dignose Blod Cancer(Leukemia ) Please help in her treatment that is very costely and not afordable for her parents. i’m also help her as i can but please any one who can help to save her life i will very thank full to you GOD bless you and help you.

  3. Shahid Saleem

    Hi,
    I’m shahid Saleem my cousion that is my younger sister her name is Anam Javed that is 18 years old studing in Lahore Women Univristy Fine Arts Department she is recently dignose Blod Cancer(Leukemia ) Please help in her treatment that is very costely and not afordable for her parents. i’m also help her as i can but please any one who can help to save her life i will very thank full to you GOD bless you and help you.

    my Email ID -shahid.saleem@hotmail.com

  4. mahboob alam

    ASSLOM O ALIKOM

    my mother is a leoukemia patinet and now she is at critical stage she loose her eysight due to tumers she is only 55 is there any treatment available if any reader gudie me i will thankfull for him. thanks

  5. sadaf

    helo my name is sadaf .my cousion have blood cancer (leukemia).she is just 23 yr age. her parents is very very poor.and doctors recommend he medica.but thes medica very very costly.and no one help her.. plz do somthing for her plzzz. irelly thank full to you.

  6. sadaf

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  7. MIAN G

    aslamo alaekum
    sir mere younger brother ko 2 hafte pehle blood cancer howa hai
    kindly koi mashwra den ya bta den ke ilaj kahan se kerwaen
    peson ki koi baat nahi ham offord ker sakte hen
    janab mujhe email kerni ya parhni nhi ati ap
    ispe contact ker lijiye please
    0324-4992198

  8. MIAN G

    aslamo alaekum
    sir mere younger brother ko 2 hafte pehle blood cancer howa hai
    kindly koi mashwra den ya bta den ke ilaj kahan se kerwaen
    peson ki koi baat nahi ham offord ker sakte hen
    janab mujhe email kerni ya parhni nhi ati ap
    ispe contact ker lijiye please.
    0324-4992198

  9. H/DR Major (R) Shafqat Husain

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  10. Alamzeb

    My cousin is leukemia patient his age is under 16, but shoukat hanum said that the concernd disease treatment is not follow our policy. Please guide me . His father is labour,very poor please help us

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