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Success! Katusiime from Uganda raised $196 to fund a mass removal procedure.

Katusiime
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  • $196 raised, $0 to go
$196
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Katusiime's treatment was fully funded on December 26, 2018.

Photo of Katusiime post-operation

December 7, 2018

Katusiime underwent a mass removal procedure.

Katusiime’s mass excision repair was a success. She is no longer at risk of pain and discomfort.

She says, “Thank you for helping me financially. You have really restored my health. I can’t thank you enough.”

Katusiime’s mass excision repair was a success. She is no longer at risk of pain and discomfort. She says, "Thank you for helping me fina...

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November 19, 2018

Katusiime is a farmer from Uganda. She is the third of seven children.

Katusiime has had a swelling on her left cheek since 2013. The mass is increasing in size.

Katusiime traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On November 21, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Katusiime needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure.

She says, “I like singing in the church choir.”

Katusiime is a farmer from Uganda. She is the third of seven children. Katusiime has had a swelling on her left cheek since 2013. The ma...

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Katusiime's Timeline

  • November 19, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • November 20, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Katusiime's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 21, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Katusiime received treatment at Holy Family Virika 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.

  • December 07, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Katusiime's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • December 26, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Katusiime's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $196 for Katusiime's treatment
Hospital Fees
$157
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$23
Supplies
$0
Labs
$16
  • 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 tumour), 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 tissue destruction, pain, deformity, and ultimately death.

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

Some of these patients have lived with potentially disfiguring or uncomfortable swellings for years.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

This treatment depends on the location of the mass and whether it is cancerous or benign.

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, discomfort, 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 the 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?

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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