It is my great pleasure to welcome you to our first Middle East Lung Cancer Conference to be held on June 21-22, 2019 in Beirut.
We are holding this first of its kind conference for two major reasons:
Our understanding of lung cancer pathophysiology and genetic mechanisms and our therapeutic options are growing so rapidly that it is hard to keep pace with these updates and our area has specific peculiarities that warrant a dedicated conference to address our regional needs.
Smoking rates remain high and, unfortunately, are on the rise in our region. This includes not only cigarettes, but also Narjileh and other tobacco products. Concurrently, tobacco control measures are either absent or not implemented.
Many pressing issues need to be addressed in our region.
To that aim, we have structured a wonderful scientific program that spans the areas of tobacco control, smoking cessation, patient experiences, early detection, as well as the most up to date therapeutic advances.
The speakers include a wealth of expertise both on the local and international level.
We look forward to your attendance to the first Middle East Lung Cancer Conference.
Arafat Tfayli, MD