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The 13th Best of ASCO Lebanon meeting was a great success. Is there a BOA in your area? If not, I encourage you to learn more about organizing one.
Dr. Jaime G. de la Garza-Salazar shares the story of how one of the first international Best of ASCO Meetings came to be.
In the midst of troubles in North Africa and Middle East, we keep up with oncology education and research and keep up hope for the betterment of patient care and advancement of science in Arab countries. 
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.
Case-based presentations and tumor board discussions lend additional educational opportunities to this regional conference.
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.
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.
Dr. Sana Al-Sukhun, and Dr. Joseph Makdessi, and I share highlights of the Best of ASCO Lebanon meeting, attended by more than 300 health care professionals from the Middle East, Europe, and the United States.
BBCC5 offered didactic sessions with presentations on recent advances in breast cancer research and management and 1-hour tumor board sessions where a panel of experts and the audience discuss real cases of patients with breast cancer.
Highlights from the 11th annual Best of ASCO Lebanon, attended by more than 300 medical professional from the country and surrounding region.
When a group of medical students approached Dr. Frederick Chite Asirwa to help lead their efforts towards cancer awareness in various schools in Western Kenya, he gladly agreed.
Dr. Julie Gralow is excited to be participating in Union for International Cancer Control World Cancer Day events along with more than 500 Nigerian patients, survivor advocates, health care providers, government officials, students, and parents.
In 2012, in an attempt to answer the call to prioritize interventions, my colleagues and I, with support from the Asian Oncology Summit and Lancet Oncology, discussed and agreed upon a resource-stratified consensus on the management of colon cancer.
The auditorium was designed for around 400 people, but only a quarter of the place was occupied. Some people were sitting next to each other; some were hiding alone at the end of the hall.
The inaugural Cancer Control in Primary Care Course took place in Bhopal, India, in March 2015, which was fitting since it was the site of the largest environmental disaster in world history....

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