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Our Annual Meeting features the brightest minds of oncology, and provides a matchless opportunity to network with our colleagues from the United States and around the world. 
Dr. Anne Moore has served as a mentor to recipients of the International Development and Education Award since 2005, and has seen firsthand how the award is helping young physicians transform cancer care around the world.
Many of the best surgeons Dr. Raj Mohan has known have been doctors with limited academic achievements, but who are excellent human beings when it comes to providing compassionate, genuine, heartfelt care.
The Lebanese Breast Cancer Foundation hosts an annual event with mothers and daughters to raise both health awareness and funds to support patients with breast cancer who need financial assistance.
Dr. Raj Mohan considers the concept of trust, and notes that what many patients will remember is how you made them feel comfortable as a human being, understood them, and stayed with them through their ups and downs.
When I was first asked if I would chair the Cancer Control for Primary Care Course in Bhutan, I immediately exclaimed yes! And then I sheepishly went to look up where exactly Bhutan was on a map.
What makes a death dignified? It's in how we live, writes Dr. Manglio Miguel Rizzo. 
Dr. Evgeniya Kharchenko dreamed of creating a local society for young specialists in Russia with ASCO’s values, and made her dream a reality.
Case-based presentations and tumor board discussions lend additional educational opportunities to this regional conference.
Dr. Richard L. Schilsky describes ASCO's Targeted Agent and Profiling Utilization Registry (TAPUR) Study and similar independent studies worldwide.
Dr. Raj Mohan describes the anxious journey that surgical oncologists and patients with cancer take together, as they wait to see what the histopathology report reveals.
"Can we increase the chances to make early diagnoses in patients with cancer? Yes, we can, I can, but how?" asks Dr. Jose Angel Sanchez.
Managing cancer is a team effort, writes Dr. Carlos Sampaio. In order to make this complex orchestra perform at its best, a few key principles are mandatory.
Cost, quality, and access to care are interconnected metrics used to evaluate health care systems. Of these, access is the most fundamental, explains Dr. Geraldine Jacobson.
The daily challenges of science and clinical care require the collective “we” to make the big, bold, creative advances that ultimately transform cancers as a whole, but individual lives around the world are changed one at the time, by the “I.” 
Even when educational meetings are offered regionally, not everyone is able to attend. Sharing the findings from these meetings in our own institutions is a great service to our colleagues and helps our patients get the best possible care.
A journal that aims to be the voice of global oncology has to publish work relating not only to differences in cancer biology due to risk factors, pathogenesis, and pharmacology, but also disparities arising from social, cultural, economic, and political resource-constraining issues.
Our recent Patient Empowerment Workshop outlined the importance of screening and early diagnosis in breast cancer, but also emphasized attention and care for women with advanced breast cancer.

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