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A Hot Souvenir From Cuba for Some Americans: Cancer Vaccine

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A Hot Souvenir From Cuba for Some Americans: Cancer Vaccine.

Zuby Malik is an unlikely candidate to violate international law.

A 78-year-old mother of four with a crown of silver hair, she is a retired obstetrician-gynecologist with a penchant for order.

But Dr. Malik is fighting for her life.

After receiving a Stage 4 non-small-cell lung cancer diagnosis a year ago, she exhausted many of the treatments available to her and grappled with torturous side effects that left her itching and gasping for breath.

During the summer, she decided to go to Cuba and bring back a cancer vaccine that is not approved in the United States.

That she comes from a family steeped in medical training made the decision all the more difficult.


Author: SALLY H. JACOBS

Source: nytimes.com

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