LAHORE – US-based noted Pakistani doctor Prof Asher Chanan Khan delivered a lecture on “Blood Cell Cancers” here at the University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Tuesday.

Prof Chanan is currently holding the chair of haematology, oncology and bone marrow transplantation at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine Florida, USA. Young Pakistani scientist has been honoured with the “Best Doctors in America” award in 2007, 2009 and 2010. Recently, US media has recognised him as one of the ‘Top One Percent Doctors in America’.

The lecture was arranged by UHS Haematology Department. UHS VC Prof IA Naveed, Head of Haematology Department Prof Shahida Mohsin, Jinnah Hospital Lahore’s Oncologist, Prof Zaiba Aziz, President Pakistan Society of Haematologists Dr Samina Naeem, Head of Pathology Department Allama Iqbal Medical College Lahore Dr Nosheen Yousaf, Head of Pathology Department Services Institute of Medical Sciences Lahore, Dr Ghazala Jaffari and other senior faculty members were present. Prof Chanan explained the biology, diagnosis and treatment of a very rare blood cell cancer called Waldenström Macroglobulinemia (WM). He informed that WM was a slow-growing cancer that starts in white blood cells. Its symptoms include weakness, swollen lymph nodes, severe fatigue, nose bleeds, weight loss and visual and neurological problems. However, some patients do not have any symptoms.  Prof Chanan said that exact cause of WM was not known. “However, it was believed that genetics might play a role in WM, because the disease had been seen to run in families,” he added.