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Success! Katushabe from Uganda raised $187 to fund a mass excision procedure.

Katushabe
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  • $187 raised, $0 to go
$187
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Katushabe's treatment was fully funded on October 18, 2017.

Photo of Katushabe post-operation

August 17, 2017

Katushabe underwent a mass excision procedure.

Doctors performed a successful mass excision. This procedure will improve her quality of life, and she will be able to teach.

Katushabe says, “Thank you very much Watsi for the support given to me. I could not afford the costs for this surgery. May you maintain the same heart. I hope to continue with teaching when done with recovery.”

Doctors performed a successful mass excision. This procedure will improve her quality of life, and she will be able to teach. Katushabe s...

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June 23, 2017

Katushabe is a 39-year-old teacher from Uganda. She has four children of her own and cares for her deceased brother’s six children.

One year ago, Katushabe noticed a swelling in her right armpit. She initially went to a clinic and was temporarily relieved of her discomfort, however the swelling is now progressively increasing in size. Moreover, the pain has intensified and has radiated to her breast. Katushabe was diagnosed with a lipoma, and, if not treated, the lipoma will continue to grow and further impede her ability to teach.

On June 27, Katushabe will undergo surgery to remove the mass. The $187 requested by our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, will cover the full cost of treatment, including labs, medication, supplies, and physician time. Katushabe’s procedure, once completed, will hopefully relieve her of her pain and allow her to live more comfortably.

Katushabe is a 39-year-old teacher from Uganda. She has four children of her own and cares for her deceased brother's six children. One ...

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Katushabe's Timeline

  • June 23, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Katushabe was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare Foundation, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • June 27, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Katushabe received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. 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.

  • July 07, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Katushabe's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 17, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Katushabe's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • October 18, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Katushabe's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 3 donors

Funded by 3 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Katushabe's treatment
Hospital Fees
$96
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$29
Supplies
$28
Labs
$34
  • 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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