Cao and her husbands are poor agressive farmers rural China.
Like thousands of others each year, they were forced to stay in what they call "cancer hotels
The only furniture in the room is a small TV stand and two small beds. A dumpling steamer and bags of vegetables lying at the foot of her bed. The tiny space costs 2,000 yuan per month, about $ 300.
"We have to borrow money," Cao said. "What else can we do?"
The 58-year-old mother of three says she has spent $ 50,000 on radiation and chemotherapy treatment, collected from relatives and friends.
They are forced to live in Beijing because they like millions of others in China, they can not receive adequate cancer treatment closer to home, a problem exacerbated in rural provinces such as Anhui where Cao is from.
While they are from home, they are also making a profit
Thousands of patients, one oncologist
China has more cancer diagnoses than any other country in the world, with 3.8 million people in 2014 alone, according to the latest figures from China's National Cancer Center.
Given the country's massive population, challenges such as these are inevitable. What is not inevitable, however, is how many doctors are there to treat them.
There are only 29,705 oncologists in China, according to the China National Health Commission's 2017 report, an average of almost 50,000 people per specialist, which can result in wait times stretching for weeks, if not months.
But a new
The app, called Driver, was co-founded by two Harvard trained oncologists and backed financially by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka Shing, among others.
The creators want to try to help patients get treatment sooner as well as help them find out what their best treatment options are.
Cao Ruizhe in her rented hotel room, awaiting her next.
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