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Success! Mary from Kenya raised $740 to treat breast cancer.

Mary
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Mary's treatment was fully funded on December 21, 2015.

Photo of Mary post-operation

January 12, 2016

Mary successfully received a mastectomy.

Following her breast cancer diagnosis, Mary underwent treatment to remove the cancerous tissue in her left breast.

“Doctors performed a successful mastectomy on Mary’s left breast; three palpable masses were removed,” says our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF). “Mary has begun chemotherapy sessions and is recovering well from surgery.”

Mary shares, “My husband and I are forever grateful for paying for my surgery.”

Following her breast cancer diagnosis, Mary underwent treatment to remove the cancerous tissue in her left breast. "Doctors performed a s...

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November 20, 2015

“Once I am well, I hope to open a hardware shop near our home to improve our economic situation,” says 40-year-old Mary, who lives in Kenya with her husband and two children. According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), Mary has cancer on her left breast.

“Mary has a two-year history of breast mass which has been hardening over time,” AMHF explains. “She experiences intermittent periods of pain on her breast. If not treated, the cancer may advance to other parts of her body and become fatal.”

“Mary’s personal journey has been remarkably sad,” AMHF shares. “After being displaced during the Kenyan post-election clashes of 2007-2008 and having all of her family’s belongings torches, Mary began afresh. Her husband founded a church while she began working as a postage clerk. Because of her breast cancer, Mary has sometimes not gone to work because of the pain.”

Despite the many advances for Mary’s family, she told AMHF that, “we are yet to be stable after the displacement, our house is incomplete and what we make is barely enough for sustenance.”

$740 will cover the cost of Mary’s mastectomy and chemotherapy to treat her breast cancer.

“We hope that after a left mastectomy is performed, the spreading of the potentially fatal cancer may be halted,” AMHF says. “Mary will be able to fully participate in working for her family and raising her children.”

“Once I am well, I hope to open a hardware shop near our home to improve our economic situation,” says 40-year-old Mary, who lives in Kenya ...

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Mary's Timeline

  • November 20, 2015
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Mary was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • November 25, 2015
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mary received treatment at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. 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 1, 2015
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mary's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 21, 2015
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mary's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 12, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mary's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 17 donors

Funded by 17 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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