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From the President
We don’t know what the future will bring, but we do know that it will be molded by well-trained, bright minds with good ideas who have the resources to be successful.
Dr. Nagi S. El-Saghir and colleagues share highlights from a successful and well-publicized breast cancer awareness campaign in Lebanon, focused around International Women's Day.
When the basics of cancer control are not in place, should we discuss targeted agents and immunotherapy in resource-constrained settings?
I am pleased to share the news that ASCO volunteers, staff, and collaborators are already making progress on major expansions to ASCO's programs to address global oncology priorities.
BBCC5 offered didactic sessions with presentations on recent advances in breast cancer research and management and 1-hour tumor board sessions where a panel of experts and the audience discuss real cases of patients with breast cancer.
For World Cancer Day, Dr. Edward L. Trimble hopes you will join him in being an advocate for evidence-based policy changes, and the research that supports them.
For World Cancer Day, we can talk to our patients about the cardinal rules of a healthy lifestyle, says Dr. Clarissa Mathias.
For World Cancer Day, Dr. Monica Malik encourages you to challenge the misconceptions that stigmatize people with cancer.
For World Cancer Day, Dr. Sana Al Sukhun invites the oncology community to challenge perceptions that cancer is inevitable and encourage healthy lifestyle choices.
As ASCO and the oncology community prepare for World Cancer Day on February 4, 2017, I've been reflecting on the day's theme of "We can. I can," which recognizes the individual responsibilities and opportunities that are built on the advances we make collectively.
Dr. Maher Saifo, an oncologist practicing in Syria, discusses how the Syrian war is affecting cancer care in a post written with his patient, Lama Meer Yousef. Together, they share their story of survival and hope against incredible odds.
Dr. Nagi S. El-Saghir, Dr. Rita Saroufim, and Dr. Sarah Daouk helped high school students put their science lessons into real-world context during a presentation on breast cancer awareness.
Hope springs eternal in the Brazilian economy and health care system, with cautious optimism for gains in oncology care.
Dr. Richard L. Schilsky outlines the Society's Target Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) Study and similar international protocols. A global data sharing platform could greatly accelerate our ability to learn about new uses for currently approved targeted anticancer drugs.
Inequalities, especially in health care, breed discontent. We need better ways to continue incentivizing the development of new drugs while optimizing access. Biosimilars help, but they won't solve the whole problem.
Dr. Nagi S. El Saghir shares highlights from the 11th annual Best of ASCO Lebanon, attended by more than 300 medical professional from the country and surrounding region.
ASCO CEO Dr. Clifford Hudis describes the Society's Global Oncology programs and the initiatives of the Global Oncology Leadership Task Force. Dr. Hudis asks challenging questions about providing optimal cancer care in low-income countries. 
The region has seen structural reforms in health care systems, better training of cancer professionals, new initiatives for populations at high risk, expansion of cancer registries and cancer plans, and implementation of policies to improve prevention, early diagnosis, and treatment.

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