The WHO has warned that cancer cases would rise by 81 percent in low- and middle-income countries by 2040 [File: Alberto Buzzola/Getty]

Mohammed Sohail was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia, a type of cancer that starts in blood-forming cells of the bone marrow, in 2010.

He recalls the doctor at a private clinic in Afghanistan‘s capital city Kabul telling him there was no treatment available for him in the country.


At 16, he said, he felt helpless but started looking for treatment options across the border, in Pakistan. After being treated in the Hayatabad Medical Complex in Peshawar, for six months, the results turned out to be unfavourable.

“I was told to go to India for the treatment of my type of cancer. It

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