When Shamim Nabuuma Kaliisa first developed chest pain, she was in her second year of medical education at Makerere University (Kampala, Uganda). She was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was barely in her twenties. “Being told you have cancer is one of the worst things anyone can hear,” she told The Lancet Oncology. “It comes with the sense of having no future, with the imagination of pain to death.” Fortunately, her stage I breast cancer was treatable, but the pain she endured during the long treatment process was excruciating. “It left a lasting mark on my heart. One of my breasts was cut off as a treatment,” she says.
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