A Filipino domestic helper who is recovering from breast cancer has been dealt a second blow. Imelda Galera, 38, was told by doctors at Queen Elizabeth Hospital that she would need another two months of treatment for side effects from radiotherapy on her breast. But she would have to pay about HK$1,000 per consultation as the Immigration Department has told the hospital she is holding a visitor's visa. Unable to pay, she is worried she will be refused treatment when she goes for her next consultation on Wednesday. Ms Galera, who is married with a three-year-old daughter, said she was surprised to hear the news when the hospital knew all along she was unemployed and held a visitor's visa. Ms Galera had an operation at Kwong Wah Hospital to remove her cancerous right breast in January while still employed in Hong Kong. She then underwent a course of chemotherapy at the hospital. In May, she transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital to start a course of radiotherapy, after her employers did not renew her contract. Queen Elizabeth is close to the refuge shelter where she has been staying. She said the hospital charged her HK$80 per day for radiotherapy. She could hardly pay it, relying on donations from other domestic helpers. The 25 sessions of radiotherapy were completed last month but when she noticed fluid coming out of her breast, the doctor told her she needed two more months' treatment. She sought help from the hospital's social worker, who rejected her application for a fee waiver. 'I do not know what to do now,' she said. 'I cannot afford to pay HK$1,000 for each consultation, but I still need treatment.' Edwina Santoyo, executive director of the Bethune House shelter for homeless domestic helpers, said before Ms Galera's case, all helpers staying at the shelter who were treated at Queen Elizabeth Hospital did not have to pay the higher fees. 'She has held a visitor's visa since the beginning [of treatment at Queen Elizabeth]. Why is the hospital questioning it now ... nothing has changed in her conditions of stay,' Ms Santoyo said. 'It is the hospital's responsibility to make sure that Imelda is well before she leaves Hong Kong.'