NCCN Collaborates in the Middle East & North Africa Region
The 2012 Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Congress was held in Doha, Qatar on January 26-28. This Congress focused on the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) for Breast Cancer and Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, with a special additional workshop illustrating the NCCN Guidelines processes and applications. More than 250 oncology professionals from across the MENA region attended the three days of intensive education and discussion surrounding the NCCN Guidelines and their application in MENA practices. Hamdy Azim, MD, of Cairo University opened the program on January 26 by describing the history of NCCN's work in the region and the goal of continued, annual collaborations by which NCCN experts contribute their time and expertise to the betterment of lives of patients with cancer in the Middle East. It was noted that the NCCN Guidelines have emerged as a very useful tool for improving the quality of decision-making for oncology professionals in the region.