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Success! Julian from Uganda raised $187 to fund a mass removal.

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Julian's treatment was fully funded on May 28, 2020.

Photo of Julian post-operation

May 28, 2020

Julian underwent a mass removal.

Julian underwent a successful excision treatment due to a fibroadenoma and is pain-free with no more disfigurement. She can now live a better quality of life and have peace of mind. She used to think that maybe her condition could be cancer but now she is happy for the outcome of the surgery which was successful.

Julian shared, “I have admired the support granted to me and I am inspired by your funding. I will always help others in my littleness to make them have a smile as I have now. I will continue with school when they open them from COVID-19 since am in my senior five year. I still look forward to playing netball as it’s my favorite.”

Julian underwent a successful excision treatment due to a fibroadenoma and is pain-free with no more disfigurement. She can now live a bette...

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April 24, 2020

Julian is an 18-year-old student in her third year of secondary education in Uganda. She was diagnosed with a fibroadenoma, a benign breast mass that has been present for the past two years. The lump has affected her psychologically as she often thinking of it as a malignant tumor that may result in painful breast cancer.

Julian could not proceed with treatment in a different facility after being reviewed due to financial strain. She heard of Nyakibale Hospital and the surgeon recommended surgery and linked her with Watsi’s Partner for possible funding. Julian hopes to have the surgery done and resume her studies with a settled mind.

Julian is the second born child in a family of 6 children. Her eldest brother could not proceed with university education due to lack of school fees. Her parents are smallscale farmers. They plant cassava and beans to make ends meet. Her mother takes up tailoring in shops sometimes to earn a living for the family. Julian’s father says he is not able to afford the cost of surgery for her daughter and they appeal for help.

Julian traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On April 25th, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Julian needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure.

Julian’s father says, “I hope that my daughter’s condition will improve after her surgery so that she can continue with her studies effectively.”

Julian is an 18-year-old student in her third year of secondary education in Uganda. She was diagnosed with a fibroadenoma, a benign breast ...

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Julian's Timeline

  • April 24, 2020

    Julian was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • April 25, 2020

    Julian received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale in Uganda. 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.

  • April 26, 2020

    Julian's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 28, 2020

    Julian's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 28, 2020

    Julian's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Julian's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Broadly speaking, masses come in two types: benign (not cancer) and malignant (cancer). The types of tumors are many and could range from osteosarcoma of the jaw (a bone tumor) to thyroid enlargement to breast lump to lipoma (benign fat tumor), among others. The symptoms vary depending on the type of tumor. Not all tumors, cancerous or benign, show symptoms. A common benign tumor, such as a lipoma (fatty tumor), may cause local pressure and pain, or may be disfiguring and socially stigmatizing. An ovarian mass may be benign or cancerous and may cause pain, bleeding, or, if malignant, death.

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

If the tumor is cancerous, it is usually aggressive and invasive. If not treated (like certain skin cancers, for example) there could be great tissue destruction, pain, deformity, and ultimately death.

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

Due to lack of accessibility to treatment facilities, some of the patients have lived with masses for a long time. Access to medical facilities is difficult for people living in remote parts of Uganda.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient is usually admitted for three days. They undergo three- to five-hour surgery depending on the location of the mass and whether it's cancerous. After surgery, they are continuously monitored in the wards.

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

In the case of cancer, the procedure can be life-saving. In the case of benign tumors, patients can be free of pain or social stigma.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

If the tumor is cancerous, the surgeon will only try to remove it if the procedure would be curative. If cancer has already spread, then surgery cannot help. Most of these surgeries are not very risky.

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

There are few qualified facilities and surgeons to perform this procedure.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Alternatives depend on the type of tumor. If the tumor is cancerous, chemotherapy may help, but that treatment is even less available than surgery. If the tumor is benign, it depends on the condition but just watching the mass would be one option.

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