The Second Middle East Lung Cancer Congress: June 19-20 2020

The Second Middle East Lung Cancer Congress is a platform for discussing recent advances in understanding the pathophysiology of lung cancer. It will enhance multidisciplinary collaboration between various specialties involved in the care of lung cancer patients.

This congress targets medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, pulmonologists, residents, fellows, nurses and medical students.


BBCC-8: 8th Annual Beirut Breast Cancer Conference: February 13-15, 2020
Advances in Breast Cancer Management

Gefinor Rotana Hotel, Beirut

Organized by the Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute Breast Center of Excellence and the Continuing Medical Education Office at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC).

Find more information about the conference by clicking on the following link: BBCC-8: 8th Annual Beirut Breast Cancer Conference.


The “Middle East and North Africa Immuno-Oncology Forum” : 20-21 December 2019

The forum aims to bring the global and local hematology-oncology communities together to advance the field of Immuno-Oncology, it intends to be the best exchange platform for oncologists, hematologists, research scholars and students to share their knowledge related to Immuno-Oncology Research.

This event is an effort to understand the underlying biological procedures amended to increase effectiveness, precision, survivorship and quality of life.

MIOF will include a full spectrum of leaders in oncology, oncology-related professionals and disciplines and  feature  interactive  scientific  sessions  as  well  as  tackle the various  diagnostic  and therapeutic advancements in cancer. It is an initiative to unite the diverse research and business communities  working  in  this  field  under one  roof  to  explore  every  single  aspect  of  immuno-oncology.


Sickle Cell Disease Preceptorship: 10-11 Oct 2019


On Oct 10 and 11, 2019, the Department of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, the Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute, and the Continuing Medical Education (CME) at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) held the Sickle Cell Disease Preceptorship at the new Halim and Aida Daniel ACC building at AUBMC.

The preceptorship which was attended by several regional and international hematologists and pediatricians from Jordan, Nigeria, Morocco, Egypt, Switzerland, Brazil, Belgium, and Spain shed light on the global burden of sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease can affect every organ system, further highlighting the need for regular assessment and timely intervention to prevent progression to target organ damage.


First Regional Palliative Care Conference: 25-26 Sept 2019

An Essential Component of Comprehensive Care Across Disease Groups


Organized by the American University of Beirut, Faculty of Medicine, The NAef Basile Institute In Collaboration with Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School Global Palliative Care Program In Joint Providership with Cleveland Clinic.

This 2-day course aimed to introduce physicians, nurses, and other clinicians to the core principles of palliative care. Participants included practitioners who are interested in improving clinical practice and influencing policies related to the provision of patient-centered comprehensive care for patients with serious illness in the Eastern Mediterranean. Disciplines represented will include primary care, pediatrics, neurology, cardiology, oncology, and pulmonary and critical care.

The conference’s objectives were: 1- Promoting awareness of the need for palliative care as a part of Universal Health Services and 2- Promoting the role of palliative care across disease groups, age groups, and health system levels as per WHO guidance.

  • The Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute has initiated community outreach activities since 2012 through the Lebanese Breast Cancer Foundation. The foundation, established by Dr. Nagi Saghir and a group of committed breast cancer survivors and volunteers, aims at raising awareness about breast health, promoting early detection and screening for breast cancer, lobbying for better diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer patients, organising conferences and media campaigns throughout Lebanon and supporting breast cancer patients treated at AUBMC psychologically and financially.



  • Comprehensive community outreach activities led by Dr. Ali Taher were initiated in January 2016 upon the establishment of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the Naef K. Basile Cancer Institute chaired by Dr. Rihab Nasr. This program aims at helping the community prevent cancer and decrease the burden of this disease through awareness, education, screening, counseling and research. The program includes a multidisciplinary team of clinicians and researchers, working in collaboration and coordination with community and health-related organizations, leaderships of governments, policy-makers, and others.



  • Since then, the institute has succeeded in conducting numerous outreach activities across all of Lebanon in collaboration with long-time partners, AMALOUNA and the Lebanese Breast Cancer Foundation and the Global Health Institute: World Cancer Day, Cancer Prevention Months at AUBMC, AUB Wellness Fairs, Health days in community and cultural centers, refugee health days in Akkar as well as series of lectures in different regions in Lebanon.
  • Our latest event is a new collaboration with the Al Bustan Festival, in line with the Institute’s new approach to combine arts and medicine in treating cancer patients. The walk-in musical concert with Italian award winning player Gloria Campaner will feature Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata. This is the second of a series of musical acts the institute engages in to advocate the role of creative arts and expression in healing and treatment journeys and enhancing the hospital environment and patient experience. Beethoven Where Hope Grows, Date: 21 february 2020.


  • A mainstay campaign takes place on world cancer day, beginning February every year: one singular initiative under which the entire world can unite together in the fight against the global cancer epidemic. Through world cancer day the institute puts Lebanon on the map of world activities aimed to raise awareness on cancer prevention and importance of early detection in line with the initiative spearheaded by the International Union for Cancer Control.
  • This year’s the Naef K. Basile Institute, its Cancer Prevention Program and the Cancer Support Fund marked World Cancer Day with an awareness event under the international theme of “I Am and I Will”. The event aimed to make the community recognize and advocate the role of imagination and creativity in developing and maintaining health for all patients, especially cancer patients. It also pledged the strong commitment of both NKBCI and the Support Fund to continually assist and support cancer patients. World Cancer Day, Date: February 4


  • The Institute also aims also to raise awareness about the different aspects of patient care it focuses on: namely Palliative and Supportive care, which has become an essential and fundamental practice in healthcare systems and is an ethical responsibility for all professionals responsible for patient care. Aimed at improving the quality of life, well-being, and comfort of patients and their relatives by alleviating pain and suffering, whether physical, psycho-social, or spiritual, irrespective of whether the disease or condition can be cured or not. “Palliative Care, My Right” awareness day was organised on the hospital grounds on 11 October 2019.

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