In Russia, cancer has become synonymous with scandal, exposing fundamental problems within both Russian healthcare and the wider society

Patients with late-stage cancer are reportedly often neglected by the medical establishment, which is accused of pouring most of its energy into “solvable” cancer cases while ignoring the dire ones.

Even worse, severe restrictions on pain relief has meant that terminal cancer patients have suffered through horrific pain

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Yelena Panyukova prepares tea inside her home in Moscow, Russia, June 24, 2015.

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Stigma and pain surround cancer patients in Russia