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Amal Rashid, a 50-year old breast cancer patient hoping for a referral to treatment in Israel, gets a visit from her doctors on the oncology ward of the Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. Examining her x-ray is Dr. Ramy Meqdad (left) and Dr. Mohamed Al-Sadeq. Treating cancer patients here is a challenge for health care professionals. Patients suffer from a chronic shortage of several medicines because of the Israeli blockade of Gaza. Replacement parts for medical technology are often blocked. Visas are virtually impossible to obtain for continuing education outside of Gaza for health workers. And only a small percentage of patients referred to hospitals in the West Bank, Jerusalem, or Israel are granted permission by the Israeli authorities to leave..