A double diagnosis — cancer while poor

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Something was very wrong. Marie Cajuste couldn’t ignore it any more. She had noticed a hard lump in her left breast about a year before but kept the discovery to herself. She literally could not afford to be sick.

Marie Cajuste lay on a gurney during a PET-CT scan in the Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging department at Boston Medical Center in Boston. The scan would help determine whether the past six weeks of radiation treatment and prior chemotherapy infusions had killed all the cancer cells in her body. (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff)

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