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Fostering connections with colleagues, mentors, and family is a first step to finding balance during the transition from fellowship to early career, according to Dr. Camila Bragança Xavier.
"IMGs should be seen for who they are as doctors and as people, rather than as a visa status, a pedigree, or an application," Dr. Tarek Haykal writes.
Dr. Nizar Bitar and I review the 2021 Best of ASCO Lebanon meeting, which featured an extraordinary faculty from all over the globe and our talented colleagues here in Lebanon.
Smriti Rana pursued a career in palliative care in part due to her mother's death from cervical cancer. "21 years later, another woman I love has died in the same excruciating agony, in spite of all the apparent medical advancements," she said.
Dr. Muhammad Rafiqul Islam describes the enormous challenge of ensuring optimal cancer treatment for patients and guiding the future medical oncologists of Bangladesh.
Dr. Alankrita Taneja watched from afar as her grandfather's health declined in parallel with the health care system in New Delhi during the devastating second wave of COVID-19 in India.
Cancer is now the second leading cause of death globally. We can’t begin to make a dent in reducing this cancer burden unless we address cancer from a global perspective, said ASCO CMO Dr. Julie R. Gralow.
"We honor this 21st World Cancer Day with a continuing commitment to tackling challenges in cancer care together, because our collective actions matter in advancing science, delivering care, and protecting public health," said ASCO CMO Dr. Richard L. Schilsky.
"World Cancer Day 2021 is our opportunity to call upon all stakeholders to remind the world of a more challenging pandemic to come, the cancer pandemic," said Dr. Sana Al Sukhun.
"2021 shows a new path to start after a year in which we learned to value what we have: our family, our work, friends, the air, the sun, the water, freedom, and one of our most precious assets, our health," said Dr. Angela Zambrano Harvey.
"One could argue that cancer, in its own way, has been a worldwide pandemic for decades already, claiming lives in every part of the world at steadily growing rates," said Dr. Evangelia Razis.
"Oncologists' and medical societies’ engagement to create awareness of cancer care has rapidly increased and, more than ever, together, all of our actions matter," said Dr. Clarissa Mathias.
"Robust peace-building-through-health initiatives already exist. However, no such efforts that focus on cancer as a universal grassroots theme have been established yet," said Dr. Ghassan K. Abou-Alfa.
In October, the ASCO International Affairs Committee "was fortunate to be able to meet remotely and engage in productive discussions on a wide range of topics," writes chair Dr. Clarissa Mathias. 
I interviewed Dr. Lawrence with the hope that others will be inspired by his groundbreaking work in international trial design.
In Lebanon, as elsewhere, we are concerned that many patients are avoiding clinic and hospital visits for fear of catching coronavirus. We therefore decided to focus our October 2020 awareness campaign on breast self-examination at home.
An OSIG is "an ideal opportunity for us to be active in public health, advocacy, leadership, and education with a major focus on cancer prevention and screening, increasing the quality of life of patients and their families, as well as healthy living," writes Ms. Duaa Kanan.
Dr. Deborah Mukherji and Dr. Sally Temraz conducted a survey which examined representation and barriers to women oncologists in the Middle East, and surfaced ideas for improving gender parity in the field.

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