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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.
Dr. Mona Hassan describes the harrowing scene and the courage shown by everyone at the American University of Beirut Medical Center in the hours following the explosions at the Port of Beirut on August 4.
Dr. Aakash Desai and Dr. Aju Mathew discuss seemingly contradictory, yet closely linked factors in global oncology which impede our progress in reducing cancer burden.
As companies and organizations hurry to prepare timely resources for physicians during COVID-19, Drs. Deborah Mukherji, Sana Al-Sukhun, Shaheenah Dawood, Iman Abou Dalle, and Sally Temraz have noted an unwelcome return of the "manel": expert panels composed of only men.
In adversity, there is opportunity: despite the cancellation of an incredible professional opportunity due to COVID-19, Dr. Khalid El Bairi is focusing on how he can have a positive impact as an early-career oncologist in Morocco.
Dr. Jii Bum Lee and Dr. Sun Young Rha describe the safety protocols that are enabling cancer providers in South Korea to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure for their patients.
Dr. Mona Hassan arrived in the United States excited for professional development and activism opportunities. Within a week, COVID-19 completely derailed her plans.
Sharing information for containment, prevention, and readiness for COVID-19 is essential. Here are some of the precautions we are taking in Lebanon at the American University of Beirut.
Dr. Aleesha Adatia's experience at Stanford University as part of the International Development and Education Award is helping her improve support for cancer survivors in her home country of Tanzania.
The 8th Annual Beirut Breast Cancer Conference featured an engaging opening debate, important discussions about adherence to guidelines and multidisciplinary care, and breast tumor boards.
By learning from mentors in different countries and settings, Dr. Frederick Ivan Ting becomes a better physician, and his patients recieve better care.
Dr. Philippe Aftimos and I discuss the experience of moving far from home in order to pursue the medical careers we dreamed of.
As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Cancer Day this February 4, it’s important to recognize that we are making progress in addressing cancer.
World Cancer Day 2020 is about every one of us, and about asking for our commitment to do something to prevent cancer and support people and communities deal with cancer.

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