Cancer is beginning to eclipse infectious disease as a major cause of mortality in low-to-middle income countries like those in sub-Saharan Africa. In Ethiopia, people with cancer who reach a hospital are diagnosed with advanced disease for which there is little treatment available and practically nothing to stem their unbearable disease-related pain. The Ethiopian government has made cancer treatment a health priority and is investing in new treatment centers and clinical services not previously available, such as radiation oncology.

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