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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.
Ellen Zhang shares an original poem inspired by the parent-child interactions she witnessed while working with pediatric patients with cancer.
Using bibliometrics, Dr. Khalid El Bairi identified a research gap in Morocco, and felt a responsibility to fill it.
Dr. Aline Lauda Freitas Chaves and Dr. Nirmal Lamichhane each share how the IDEA program shaped their careers as oncologists. 
"Patients from sexual and gender minorities deserve treatment that respects and honors their unique needs, presentations, and desires. Why, in 2022, does a concept so obvious need to be stated?" asks patient advocate Darryl Mitteldorf. 
Dr. Layth Mula-Hussain shares the hardships and successes he encountered as an International Development and Education Award (IDEA) recipient from Iraq.
In a planned series of five articles, Dr. Khalid El Bairi will share his career journey as a young cancer researcher in an LMIC and propose recommendations to enhance research in resource-limited settings.
Dr. Narmin Talibova shares her journey as the first International Development and Education Award recipient from Azerbaijan and how the award is helping her improve cancer care in her home country.
I have been to many white coat ceremonies for medical students at my own institution, but this year, I had the joy of attending my son's white coat ceremony.
It's hard to find the right words to communicate with patients affected by the dual trauma of cancer and war. Dr. Csaba L. Dégi and Dr. Fay J. Hlubocky offer perspectives, guidance, and resources (available in translation).

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