​Patient Support Groups​

The Aga Khan University Hospital has a number of patient support groups facilitated by our nurses and doctors to help patients and their families cope with the emotional and physical aspects of a disease. Support groups bring people facing similar situations together to help them learn more about dealing with their challenge and what others are going through, as well as gain courage and support in the knowledge that they are not alone in their struggle. Patient support groups are volunteer-run.

Children’s Cancer (Paediatric Oncology) Support Group, facilitated by Children’s Oncology services, is for parents whose children are undergoing cancer treatment. Spearheaded by parents of former cancer patients, the support group meets on a quarterly basis, to lend guidance to others in coping with the disease and providing comfort. The discussions revolve around nutritional requirements of the patients, psychological counselling for the family members, physiotherapy services and other related topics.​ Access to the support group is by invitation.

To seek more information:
Email: oncology@aku.edu​

The Dementia Support Group is facilitated by the Mind & Brain services (Neurosciences) and offers a platform for caregivers of individuals suffering from memory problems. The support group provides education and support to caregivers who may at times feel challenged with the situation at hand. The sessions are held once every two months. Anyone can attend.

​To seek more information:
Contact: Dr. Qurat Khan  
Phone: (+92) 21 34864288 
Email: dementia.sg.pk@gmail.com 
Facebook Page:  https://www.facebook.com/dementia.supportgroup.pk​


The Head and Neck Cancer Support Group, in collaboration with ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat or Otolaryngology) and Oncology services, is a platform for Head and Neck cancer patients who get together periodically to talk about fighting and living with the disease. The group is made up of current or former patients who can share similar experiences and offer support to one another.  It is inspiring and encouraging for newly diagnosed patients to connect with long-term survivors of the disease. Patients and families come to share their experiences that help provide support during times of anxiety and fear. Group members can exchange contact numbers and can continue to support each other through this network. Patients receiving treatment for head and neck cancer at our hospital can attend.

To seek more information:
Email: oncology@aku.edu​
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hancsg​​

“I Will Stay Beautiful” is facilitated by Oncology services, for women who have survived cancer and are suffering with cancer. The objective of this support group is to enhance self-confidence amongst women suffering from the consequences of chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, such as hair loss and other body changes. It is inspiring and encouraging for newly diagnosed patients to connect with long-term survivors of the disease. Patients and families come to share their experiences that help provide support during times of anxiety and fear. Group members can exchange contact numbers and can continue to support each other through this network.  Women receiving treatment for cancer at our hospital can attend.

To seek more information:
Email: oncology@aku.edu


The Stoma Support Group, facilitated by Gastrointestinal (​GI) Medicine and Surgery services is a support network for patients who are undergoing stoma care. The support group is for patients who have undergone colostomy (bowel stoma), ileostomy (intestine stoma) and urostomy (urinary stoma). Living with stomas is often difficult and can have serious physical and psychological consequences. The Stoma Support Group came into being with the objective to provide ​guidance and encouragement to such individuals. Patients who have been living with stoma care for a prolonged period (up to 50 years) are often invited to share their experience and provide inspiration for other patients.

To seek more information, contact (+92) 304 2273733.