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There has never been a more pertinent moment for all of us to consider how we can engage with colleagues in other countries to solve the problems of cancer. 
Dr. Tara Rajendran celebrates the legacy and mentorship of Dr. Karen Jean Marcus upon her retirement after 33-year career at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Dr. Anna M Laucis discusses the landscape and future opportunities for narrative medicine, along with her own explorations in original artwork and poetry.
It feels great to celebrate 17 consecutive years of organizing the Best of ASCO Lebanon meeting, including a well-received event featuring expert faculty in 2022.
The weeks following the ASCO Annual Meeting always feel like a bit of a reset, as we emerge energized from connecting with friends and colleagues.
Cancer changes the relationship between what we think is certain and the fallibility of our assumptions; it can also be a source of discovery about ourselves and our relationships.
"If you are young researcher in an LMIC trying to launch your own career, I highly recommend building collaborations and networks with oncologists around the globe," said Dr. Khalid El Bairi.
Dr. William Barrett outlines a unique model of care for oncology second opinions, in which consultations are offered at no cost to patients.
A workshop for people affected by breast cancer in Lebanon emphasized "hope for cure and the reality of living with cancer, with its ups and downs." Dr. Nagi S. El Saghir recapped the discussions and themes of the event.
Establishing a reputation of humility, collegiality, and kindness ensures that people can seek you out earlier than later, which can prevent many complications and delays in care.
Dr. Khalid El Bairi reports on the educational presentations and exciting directions for future research from a recent event organized by young professionals in Taroudant, Morocco.
At the launch of an innovative partnership to combine medical oncology, hematology, and hospice and palliative medicine into a single fellowship program, Dr. Ramy Sedhom shares perspectives on the value of combined training and the critical function of this new training pathway.
"Several valuable lessons can be learned from the Syrian conflict and the immense experience of the Syrian American Medical Society’s (SAMS) efforts, coordination, and contributions developing oncology centers in northern Syria," said Dr. M. Bassel Atassi.
As you begin fellowship, "the sheer amount of new knowledge you’re expected to learn [is] like being handed and expected to read a book in a language you barely know," writes Dr. Matthew Kurian.
Dr. Khalid El Bairi advises early-career researchers in low- and middle-income countries to focus first on learning universal methodology, then on targeted training for specific projects.
"If we, as knowledgeable people, start informing women whom we come across about cervical cancer screening, we add a drop to the ocean of wellness," said Dr. Pesona Grace Lucksom.
Since ASCO22 will be offered as a hybrid meeting, with both an in-person and a virtual experience, we get the best of both worlds.

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