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Oncology Worldwide

Global Cancer Care

An Afghani Surgical Oncologist Discusses the Challenges of Delivering Cancer Care in a War-Torn Nation

Ronald Piana  /  August 25, 2022

In this installment of The ASCO Post’s Global Oncology series, Guest Editor Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS, spoke with Ahmad Bashir Barekzai, MD, Consultant Surgical Oncologist at Ali Abad Teaching Hospital, Kabul, Afghanistan. Built in 1931, under the direction of Afghanistan’s king Muhamm...

Global Cancer Care

Noted Oncology Surgeon Kevin Billingsley, MD, MBA, FACS, Uses Life Experiences to Mold His Leadership Philosophy

Ronald Piana  /  August 10, 2022

In this installment of The ASCO Post’s Global Oncology series, Guest Editor Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS, spoke with Kevin Billingsley, MD, MBA, FACS, Chief Medical Officer of the Smilow Cancer Hospital and Yale Cancer Center. Although interracial marriage is common in the United States ...

Skin Cancer
Global Cancer Care

An Oncology Surgeon Leads Mexico’s Melanoma Program

Ronald Piana  /  June 25, 2022

In this installment of The ASCO Post’s Global Oncology series, Guest Editor Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS, spoke with surgical oncologist Héctor Martínez-Said, MD, of the Melanoma Clinic at NCI Mexico. Dr. Martínez-Said’s maternal grandfather was part of a Lebanese immigration movement ...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer on the Global Stage: Incidence and Cancer-Related Mortality in the Russian Federation

Anton Barchuk, MD, PhD; Yulia Raskina, PhD; Rustam Tursun-Zade; Hope Craig, MSPH; Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FSSO, FRCS, FACS; Vadim Gushchin, MD, FACS, FSSO  /  February 10, 2022

The Russian Federation is the largest country in the world, extending from Eastern Europe to Northern Asia and the Pacific Ocean. The population of more than 140 million people is unevenly distributed across the country.1 As a result, Russia has high spatial inequality in terms of accessibility of p...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer on the Global Stage: Incidence and Cancer-Related Mortality in Burundi

Hope Craig, MSPH, and Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FSSO, FRCS, FACS  /  January 25, 2022

The ASCO Post is pleased to continue this occasional special focus on the worldwide cancer burden. In this issue, we feature a close look at the cancer incidence and mortality rates in Burundi. The aim of this special feature is to highlight the global cancer burden for various countries of the worl...

Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

Choosing Wisely, Researchers Look at Access to Essential Cancer Drugs on a Global Scale

Ronald Piana  /  November 25, 2021

According to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an estimated 19.3 million new cancer cases occurred worldwide in 2020, resulting in almost 10 million deaths. The IARC projects a 50% rise in global cancer incidence and mortality by 2040. To help control this looming crisis, equit...

Hematologic Malignancies
Global Cancer Care

Paradox Between Cost and Hematopoietic Cell Transplant Rate in Latin America

Ronald Piana  /  September 25, 2021

In this installment of The ASCO Post’s Global Oncology series, Guest Editor Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS, spoke with Gregorio Jaimovich, MD, Director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Favaloro University Hospital in Buenos Aires. Distinguished expert on radiation therapy and bone m...

Breast Cancer
Global Cancer Care

Urbanization in Bangladesh: The Prevalence of Breast Cancer Brings Unique Challenges

Muhammad Rafiqul Islam, MBBS, MD  /  October 25, 2021

The number of deaths related to breast cancer are increasing at an alarming pace worldwide. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) 2020 report, approximately 2,088,849 new cases and 627,000 deaths related to breast cancer occurred in 2018.1 More than 55% of these deaths occurred in low- to...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer on the Global Stage: Incidence and Cancer-Related Mortality in Bhutan

Hope Craig, MSPH, and Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FSSO, FRCS, FACS  /  October 25, 2021

Located in the Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan is a landlocked, lower–middle-income country bordered by China and India. With a population of more than 850,000 people, Bhutan is predominately made up of three ethnic groups—the largest group is the Bhutia (also called Ngalop), followed by the Nepalese ...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer on the Global Stage: Incidence and Cancer-Related Mortality in Brunei Darussalam

Hope Craig, MSPH, and Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FSSO, FRCS, FACS  /  September 25, 2021

With a population under half a million people, Brunei Darussalam is a small equatorial nation in Southeast Asia. Bordered by the South China Sea on the north, Brunei Darussalam is surrounded on all other sides by Malaysia, which separates the nation into two noncontiguous parts.  Nearly two-thirds ...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer on the Global Stage: Incidence and Cancer-Related Mortality in South Africa

LYDIA CAIRNCROSS, MBChB, FCS (SA), MMed; JEANNETTE PARKES, MBBCh, FC Rad Onc (SA); HOPE CRAIG, MSPH; AND CHANDRAKANTH ARE, MBBS, MBA, FSSO, FRCS, FACS  /  September 10, 2021

The ASCO Post is pleased to continue this occasional special focus on the worldwide cancer burden. In this issue, we feature a close look at the cancer incidence and mortality rates in South Africa. The aim of this special feature is to highlight the global cancer burden for various countries of the...

Global Cancer Care

An Egyptian Surgical Oncologist Urges Global Cooperation to Achieve Equitable Cancer Care

Ronald Piana  /  August 10, 2021

In this installment of The ASCO Post’s Global Oncology series, Guest Editor Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS, spoke with Ashraf Zaghloul, MD, DrPH, Professor at the National Cancer Institute of Egypt and President of the Egyptian Society of Surgical Oncology. Dr. Zaghloul was born in 1956 in...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer on the Global Stage: Incidence and Cancer-Related Mortality in Bahrain

HOPE CRAIG, MSPH; AND CHANDRAKANTH ARE, MBBS, MBA, FSSO, FRCS, FACS  /  August 10, 2021

The Kingdom of Bahrain is a high-income island nation located in the Persian Gulf. The nation is an archipelago consisting of two separate groups of islands spanning 30 miles north to south, 10 miles east to west, and about 3.5 times the size of Washington, DC. Though situated in a region rich i...

Global Cancer Care

Early Adopter of Breast Conservation, Surgical Oncologist Augusto Leon, MD, Reflects on Cancer Care in Chile

Ronald Piana  /  July 10, 2021

In this installment of the occasional department on Global Health-Care Equity, Guest Editor, Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS, spoke with Augusto Leon, MD, a surgical oncologist and Head of the Program of Cancer at Pontifical University of Chile, Santiago. Dr. Are is JL & CJ Varner Profes...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer in Morocco: Access to Innovative Treatments and Research Status

Zineb Benbrahim, MD, MPH; Saber Boutayeb, MD, PhD; Hassan Errihani, MD, PhD; and Nawfel Mellas, MD  /  June 25, 2021

Morocco is an Arab country in North Africa. It covers 716,550 square kilometers and has a population of nearly 36 million. The median age is 29.3 years. Morocco’s estimated gross domestic product (GDP) in 2019 was $122 million. As of 2019, Morocco’s health budget was equivalent to 4.5% of the total ...

Health-Care Policy
Global Cancer Care

Cancer Control in Egypt: Investing in Health

MOHAMED ALORABI, MBBCh, MSc, MD, AND HAGAR ELGHAZAWY, MBBCh, MSc, MD  /  March 25, 2021

Egypt is a country of 1,010,408 km2 located on the northeast corner of Africa with a population exceeding 100 million. In 2018, there were about 134,632 new cancer cases and 89,042 cancer-related deaths in Egypt. Liver and breast cancers are the most common tumors in terms of incidence and morta...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer on the Global Stage: Incidence and Cancer-Related Mortality in Kenya

PANKAJ G. JANI, MBChB, MMed, FRCS, FCS(ECSA); HOPE CRAIG, MSPH; CHANDRAKANTH ARE, MBBS, MBA, FSSO, FRCS, FACS; AND GURPREET ROOPRAI, MBChB, MMed  /  February 25, 2021

The ASCO Post is pleased to continue this occasional special focus on the worldwide cancer burden. In this issue, we feature a close look at the cancer incidence and mortality rates in Kenya. The aim of this special feature is to highlight the global cancer burden for various countries of the worl...

Global Cancer Care

Indian Surgical Oncologist Offers Insights Into Delivering Equitable Cancer Care in a Resource-Challenged Country

The ASCO Post Staff  /  January 25, 2021

The ASCO Post is pleased to introduce this department on Global Health-Care Equity. On an occasional basis, we will publish interviews between Guest Editor, Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS, and another oncologist or cancer care specialist spanning regions around the world. Our goal is to rai...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer on the Global Stage: Incidence and Cancer-Related Mortality in Burkina Faso

Hope Craig, MSPH, and Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS  /  January 25, 2021

The ASCO Post is pleased to continue this occasional special focus on the worldwide cancer burden. In this issue, we feature a close look at the cancer incidence and mortality rates in Burkina Faso. The aim of this special feature is to highlight the global cancer burden for various countries of the...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer on the Global Stage: Incidence and Cancer-Related Mortality in Colombia

OSCAR A. GUEVARA, MD, MS, FACS; HOPE CRAIG, MSPH; CHANDRAKANTH ARE, MBBS, MBA, FSSO, FRCS, FACS; AND DANIEL A. ANAYA, MD, FSSO, FACS  /  December 10, 2020

Colombia is located in the northwestern corner of South America, geographically privileged with coasts on both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Andean region, and the Amazon rainforest. Based on its population of nearly 50 million (see Table 1), Colombia is the second largest country in South ...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer on the Global Stage: Incidence and Cancer-Related Mortality in Chile

AUGUSTO LEÓN, MD, MSCCh, FACS; KLAUS PUSCHEL, MD, MPH, MSc; HOPE CRAIG, MSPH; AUGUSTO LEÓN G-H, MD; and CHANDRAKANTH ARE, MBBS, MBA, FSSO, FRCS, FACS  /  November 10, 2020

Chile has a population of approximately 19 million living predominantly in urban areas (87.7%), with a population density of 66 inhabitants per square mile.1 For the year 2020, approximately 12% of its population was older than 65 years.1 Socioeconomic Trends and Cancer The country has experienc...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer on the Global Stage: Incidence and Cancer-Related Mortality in Botswana

Chandrakanth Are, MBBS, MBA, FRCS, FACS, and Emily Zurbuchen, MD  /  September 25, 2020

The ASCO Post is pleased to continue this occasional special focus on the worldwide cancer burden. In this issue, we feature a close look at the cancer incidence and mortality rates in Botswana. The aim of this special feature is to highlight the global cancer burden for various countries of the wor...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer on the Global Stage: Incidence and Cancer-Related Mortality in Cambodia

The ASCO Post Staff  /  August 25, 2020

The ASCO Post is pleased to continue this occasional special focus on the worldwide cancer burden. In this issue, we feature a close look at the cancer incidence and mortality rates in Cambodia. The aim of this special feature is to highlight the global cancer burden for various countries of the wor...

Solid Tumors
Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

Second Global AYA Cancer Congress Highlights Research Advances and the Global Burden of Cancer Among Young Adults

Jo Cavallo  /  January 25, 2018

This past December, nearly 400 medical professionals from a variety of fields—including medical oncology, palliative care, science, nursing, social work, and psychology—and 23 countries traveled to Atlanta, to attend the 2nd Global Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Congress. The 3-day confer...

Global Cancer Care

A Prominent Oncologist Retraces Her Steps from Baghdad

Ronald Piana  /  July 15, 2011

Maha Hussain, MD, FACP, Professor of Medicine and Urology, is the Associate Director for Clinical Research at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center (UMCCC) and Co-leader of its Prostate Cancer/GU Oncology program. Dr. Hussain recently spoke with The ASCO Post about becoming a doctor...

Global Cancer Care
Health-Care Policy

Cancer Care in the UK: A Conversation with Chris Parker, MD

Ronald Piana  /  September 1, 2011

In the contentious debate over rising health-care spending, the cancer care policies of the British National Health Service (NHS) are often cited by U.S. policymakers as an example of how health-care rationing denies patients life-prolonging treatments based on costs. The ASCO Post recently spoke wi...

UN Summit to Focus on Noncommunicable Diseases This Month

ASCO  /  September 1, 2011

For the second time since its inception 65 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly is holding a “High-level Meeting” that will focus on health. During the September 19–20 meeting, world leaders will shine a spotlight on the devastation that noncommunicable diseases are causing and have caused...

Lymphoma
Global Cancer Care

Treating Cancer in Japan: A Conversation with Kensei Tobinai, MD

Ronald Piana  /  September 15, 2011

In this installment of Oncology Worldwide, internationally regarded lymphoma expert and cancer survivor, Kensei Tobinai, MD, Chief, National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo, sheds light on the Japanese oncology experience. Medical Education What was the medical school experience in Japan like? Whe...

Global Cancer Care
Health-Care Policy

Tobacco Remains the Dominant Global Risk Factor Underlying Cancer

Margot Fromer  /  November 1, 2011

Despite clear evidence that tobacco causes at least 18 types of cancer, as well as many other diseases, many people all over the world smoke or chew tobacco, or are exposed to secondhand smoke. Although smoking among Americans has declined slowly but steadily over the past 40 years, it remains the l...

Health-Care Policy

ASCO Supports the United Nations Political Declaration on Noncommunicable Diseases

Jo Cavallo  /  November 15, 2011

In September, government leaders from around the world as well as representatives from civil society, the private sector and academia gathered at the United Nations in New York for the first-ever summit on the growing economic and human crisis posed by noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), especially in ...

Global Trials: Do Benefits Outweigh Pitfalls?

Caroline Helwick  /  November 15, 2011

Global clinical trials have many advantages and are essential in many disease settings, but there are also challenges that confront global industry-sponsored research, said Sandra Horning, MD, Senior Vice President and Global Head of Clinical Development in Hematology/Oncology for Genentech (Table 1...

Global Cancer Care

Lessons from a Northern Neighbor: A Conversation with Joseph M. Connors, MD

Ronald Piana  /  December 15, 2011

Policy analysts searching for a better understanding of health-care models often compare the cancer delivery systems of Canada and the United States. The ASCO Post recently spoke with Joseph M. Connors, MD, Clinical Professor and Director of the BC Cancer Agency’s Centre for Lymphoid Cancer, Vancouv...

Global Cancer Care
Pain Management

Inefficient Markets Impede Cancer Pain Relief

Meg O’Brien, PhD  /  March 1, 2012

The potent analgesic property of morphine was first isolated in 1804, and after more than 2 centuries morphine is still the gold standard for moderate to severe pain. It is relatively easy to produce, and compared to most pharmaceuticals, morphine is dirt-cheap. Therein lies the cruel conundrum: Mor...

FDA Strengthens International Collaboration to Ensure Quality, Safety of Imported Products

The ASCO Post  /  May 15, 2012

FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, MD, recently released the agency’s Global Engagement Report, detailing the many activities and strategies FDA is using to transform from a domestic to a global public health agency. The report describes the steps the agency is taking to ensure that imported fo...

Global Cancer Care

Cancer Care in India: Complex Challenges in a Populous Nation

Ronald Piana  /  May 15, 2012

With 1.22 billion people, India is the second most populous country in the world. Experts project that cancer incidence in India will increase by more than two-thirds over the next 20 years, to approximately 1.7 million new cases per year. Due to a range of economic and social issues, most of India’...

Global Cancer Care
Pain Management
Palliative Care

Untreated Cancer Pain Remains a Significant Global Problem

Ronald Piana  /  May 15, 2012

“Physicians are afraid of morphine … Doctors [in Kenya] are so used to patients dying in pain … they think that this is how you must die. They are suspicious if you don’t die this way — [and feel] that you died prematurely.” —Human Rights Watch interview with Dr. John Weru of Nairobi Hospice, Kenya...

Global Cancer Care
Health-Care Policy

Cancer Care in Rwanda: A Model of Creative Partnerships

Ronald Piana  /  July 15, 2012

While disparities in cancer care remain problematic in wealthy industrial nations like the United States, the challenges faced in poorer regions of the world are, by comparison, inestimable. Nationally regarded health-care expert Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is part of a...

Reflections from the Old World

John F. Smyth, MD  /  July 15, 2012

A few years ago, I was a key witness for a patent dispute at a trial in Delaware. Acting for the complainant, I was briefed that the opening gambit of the opposition lawyer would be to discredit my CV and, therefore, the value of my testimony. “So you are a full Professor at the University of Edinbu...

Trailblazer in Argentinean Oncology Remains Optimistic about War on Cancer

Ronald Piana  /  August 15, 2012

Eduardo Cazap, MD, PhD, is founder and first President of the Latin American and Caribbean Society of Medical Oncology (SLACOM). In 2008, he was elected to a 2-year term as President of the International Union against Cancer (UICC). The ASCO Post recently spoke with Dr. Cazap about his roots in onco...

Global Cancer Care

Despite Challenges, Initiatives Bring Gradual Improvements to Cancer Care in Lebanon

Ronald Piana  /  September 1, 2012

Nagi S. El Saghir, MD, FACP, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Hematology-Oncology at the American University of Beirut, is the founding President of the Lebanese Society of Medical Oncology (LSMO). Dr. El Saghir has focused much of his research on the early detection, prevention, and treatment of ...

Global Cancer Care

Viral Infection and Liver Cancer: A Global Health Crisis

Ronald Piana  /  October 15, 2012

It is estimated that at least 15% of all cancers worldwide can be attributed to infectious etiologies, mostly viral infections. At this year’s ASCO Annual Meeting, an intriguing session on virally induced cancers provided critical clues that could be of real practical value in advancing our battle a...

Breast Cancer
Global Cancer Care

Global Women’s Cancer Summit: Collaboration Aims to Reduce Breast, Cervical Cancers

The ASCO Post  /  March 1, 2013

World leaders from governments, cancer organizations, and the private sector joined together recently for the first Global Women’s Cancer Summit to address the challenge of reducing the global burden of women’s cancers. The summit was hosted by Susan G. Komen for the Cure and underwritten by GE heal...

Global Cancer Care

Survey Shows Public's Knowledge of Cancer Progress Is Rising, But Myths Persist 

Jo Cavallo  /  March 15, 2013

People are more optimistic today about their chances of surviving cancer, according to findings from a new international survey commissioned by Lilly Oncology. The phone survey of 4,341 individuals (including people in the general population, cancer survivors, and caregivers) in six countries (the U...

Global Cancer Care

ASCO International Expands to Improve Cancer Care Worldwide

ASCO  /  March 15, 2013

As a global community of cancer care providers in more than 100 countries around the world, ASCO is uniquely positioned to improve cancer patient outcomes worldwide—an opportunity that it has seized since the organization’s inception through numerous innovative programs. Building upon this foundatio...

Colorectal Cancer

Three Molecular Subtypes of Colorectal Cancer Identified 

Caroline Helwick  /  April 15, 2013

Intrinsic molecular subtyping in breast cancer has become clinically applicable, and the same could be happening for gastrointestinal tumors, according to an international study reported at the 2013 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium in San Francisco.1 While recent efforts have yielded prognostic a...

Global Cancer Care

From One to Many, Here and Around the World

ASCO  /  May 1, 2013

The Conquer Cancer Foundation Grants and Awards Program has grown tremendously in 30 years, from supporting just one researcher in the United States to thousands working around the world. These investigators are performing breakthrough research in all aspects of cancer and making discoveries that im...

Solid Tumors
Pancreatic Cancer
Global Cancer Care

Oral S-1 Noninferior to Gemcitabine in Advanced Pancreatic Cancer in Japan and Taiwan 

Matthew Stenger  /  May 15, 2013

As reported by Hideki Ueno, MD, PhD, of National Cancer Center Hospital, Tokyo, and colleagues in Journal of Clinical Oncology, treatment with the oral fluoropyrimidine derivative S-1 was associated with noninferior overall survival and reduced hematologic toxicity compared with gemcitabine treatmen...

Issues in Oncology
Global Cancer Care

ASCO Joins a Global Alliance to Enable Responsible Sharing of Genomic and Clinical Data

The ASCO Post  /  June 25, 2013

ASCO has joined more than 70 leading health care, research, and disease advocacy organizations from around the world in taking the first steps to form an international alliance dedicated to enabling secure sharing of genomic and clinical data. The cost of genome sequencing has fallen one-million fol...

New International Innovation Grant Directly Supports Research Projects in Developing Countries

ASCO  /  July 10, 2013

The Conquer Cancer Foundation and ASCO International have just launched a new research funding opportunity, the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO International Innovation Grant, which directly supports research being conducted by investigators in low- and middle-income countries. Advancing Cancer C...

Global Cancer Care

Clinical Trials for Patients in Africa

Ogidiagba Louis Efe, MBBS  /  July 25, 2013

Thank you very much for The ASCO Post Evening News,* which ensures I don’t miss anything that happened at the ASCO 2013 meeting. Due to financial constraints I could not attend the ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago. My comment is that pharmaceutical companies should extend their oncology drug trials ...

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