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Success! Josphine from Kenya raised $740 for a mastectomy to treat breast cancer.

Josphine
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Fully funded
Josphine's treatment was fully funded on September 14, 2016.

Photo of Josphine post-operation

October 12, 2016

Josphine received a mastectomy to treat her breast cancer.

Josphine had a successful surgery performed. The surgery reduced the risk of further spread of the cancer. Josphine is scheduled for follow-up clinic to assess her recovery progress where her surgeon may recommend chemo/radio therapy. She expresses her confidence in fully being cancer free.

“I am grateful for the support you accorded me. I look forward to enjoying a healthy old age,” Josphine shared.

Josphine had a successful surgery performed. The surgery reduced the risk of further spread of the cancer. Josphine is scheduled for follow-...

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July 26, 2016

“I want to be free from breast cancer and have a healthy old age,” 58-year-old Josphine shares. She is a mother of six children, all now grown up, and lives in Kenya with her husband.

In September of last year, Josphine noticed a lump in her right breast. She visited several local clinics, but was not able to get a clear diagnosis. Josphine eventually received an x-ray and biopsy this June, and was diagnosed with breast cancer. If left untreated, the cancer could spread, potentially resulting in premature death.

To avoid this outcome, Josphine needs to undergo a mastectomy. However, she cannot afford to pay for the procedure on her own. She and her husband—who work as a farmer and a newspaper vendor, respectively—need all of their combined income to meet their daily needs. Although her family has managed to raise $156 for the procedure, this still falls short of the amount needed.

For $740, Josphine will be able to receive her mastectomy. This sum will also cover the medications, lab tests, and six-day hospital stay Josphine will need to recover fully from the procedure.

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“I want to be free from breast cancer and have a healthy old age,” 58-year-old Josphine shares. She is a mother of six children, all now gro...

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Josphine's Timeline

  • July 26, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Josphine was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • July 27, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Josphine received treatment at AIC Kijabe Hospital. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • September 05, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Josphine's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 14, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Josphine's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 12, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Josphine's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 13 donors

Funded by 13 donors

Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A mastectomy is a surgery to remove the breast or part of the breast and is usually performed to treat breast cancer. Common symptoms of breast cancer include a lump or swelling in all or part of the breast, skin irritation or dimpling, pain, discharge, redness, and thickening of the skin.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

If breast cancer is not treated, the cancer may spread to other organs, potentially leading to early death. Untreated breast cancer can also lead to pain and infection within the breast.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Breast cancer is the leading cancer in women in Kenya (34 per 100,000). It has been identified as the number one killer of women aged 35-55 years. Late diagnosis is the main reason for high mortality.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient reports to the hospital, and lab work is done. The following day, the patient goes into the operating room for surgery. The patient stays in the hospital ward for three to seven days. The surgery is considered a success if the wound heals cleanly. The patient is then discharged from the hospital.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

This treatment is curative if the cancer has not spread widely. Usually, this surgery is not performed if the cancer has already spread. Sometimes, doctors are unable to determine if the cancer has spread until they perform post-operative lymph node testing.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

There are very few side effects or risks if the condition is diagnosed and treated before the cancer has spread widely.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

In Africa, there is limited capacity to treat breast cancer. Many cancers are diagnosed in advanced stages due to the limited number of diagnostic and treatment centers.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For early-stage breast cancer, a “lumpectomy” surgery may be adequate. Additional radiation therapy will be required for cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.