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Dr. Paula Isabel G. Franco participated in the ASCO IDEA program to build a community and support her goal of ending the fear of cancer in her home country.
"If we can provide chemotherapy services through a tele-chemotherapy model at smaller rural centers, why can’t we do the same for clinical trials?" asks Dr. Sabe Sabesan.
"Leadership is not a single quality. Leadership consists of a series of actions you take, such as respecting others, taking responsibility, communicating to share values and goals, [and] motivating and inspiring others," said Dr. Kaori Tane.
The 2023 Beirut Breast Cancer Conference featured four tumor board sessions, a high-profile Opening Session panel debate, and a Closing Ceremony that included a piano performance.
Dr. Khalid El Bairi was invited to participate in the International Summit of Health Professionals in Pakistan, a country he only knew from the news and nature documentaries. The visit challenged his perceptions and allowed him to make valuable connections.
I recently visited Porto Alegre, Brazil, for an ASCO Multidisciplinary Cancer Management Course. Reducing the global cancer burden is a formidable goal, but one to which ASCO is incredibly committed.
Following his participation in the International Development and Education Award program in 2019, Dr. Deebya Raj Mishra made a commitment to bring preventive and palliative care education to primary care physicians in Eastern Nepal.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has made medical travel delicate, nevertheless, it is still in high trend, due to the huge demand in Africa," according to Dr. Zineb Dahbi and Dr. Fadila Kouhen.
As we acknowledge World Cancer Day on February 4, Dr. Julie R. Gralow shares how ASCO is engaging members in different regions of the world, "uniting our voices and taking action," through its regional councils.
"Cancer research relevant to LMICs is a necessity, not a luxury," writes Dr. Khalid El Bairi, and early-career oncologists in LMIC settings can advance cancer research in their communities.
When you are building a research career in a country with limited infrastructure and opportunities, you must have the courage to blaze your own trail, and trust that success will follow, said Dr. Khalid El Bairi.
Drs. Kibrom Hiluf, Mohammed Mustefa, Isaias Irgau, and Solomon Woldu describe the humanitarian crisis in Tigray in terms of its impact on patients with cancer and health care providers.
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. 
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.
"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.
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.
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.
"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.

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