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Face to face with chronic disease: Cancer

Noemia's story

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Noemia is receiving chemotherapy every two weeks. "I don't feel too sick, but I have lost all my hair," she says, tightening the scarf around her head. Unlike many others for whom health-care costs can be financially devastating, Noemia is lucky to be able to access free treatment. Without it, as she says, she "simply wouldn't cope."

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