The 1st Joint Regional Conference between Children’s Cancer Center of Lebanon and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital entitled “Childhood Cancers: advances and regional challenges” took place on May 11, 12, 2013 at the American University of Beirut (Beirut, Lebanon).
During two-days meeting, besides renowned speakers from St. Jude, who presented resent advances in various types of childhood cancers, also representatives from 14 countries in the region presented the situation of pediatric oncology in their countries. From Armenia the only center participating in the meeting was the Clinic of Chemotherapy of “Muratsan” Hospital Complex of YSMU and Dr. Samvel Danielyan also had a speech and presented the situation in Armenia.
At the end of the meeting, there was a discussion between all the participants led by St. Jude and CCCL, where the participants committed to form an International Collaborative Group that will work together to develop educational and clinical programs that will improve the cure rate of children with cancer in all the region, rather than each specific country alone. It was suggested to call the group POEM (Pediatric East and Mediterranean Group).
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