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Success! Juana from Guatemala raised $218 to fund a procedure to detect cervical cancer.

Juana
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  • $218 raised, $0 to go
$218
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Juana's treatment was fully funded on January 18, 2018.

Photo of Juana post-operation

September 28, 2017

Juana underwent a procedure to detect cervical cancer.

Juana underwent a successful colposcopy. At first Juana was reticent to undergo the procedure because she did not have her family’s support, but now she is happy she did because her results came back normal and she now has peace of mind. Now Juana reports that she feels well and has no pressing preoccupations in regard to her health.

Juana says, “Thank you for the support you have brought to me and my family. I am very grateful to the institution for giving me this follow up.”

Juana underwent a successful colposcopy. At first Juana was reticent to undergo the procedure because she did not have her family's support,...

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August 1, 2017

48-year-old Juana lives in rural Guatemala. Juana takes care of her three children and household while her husband works abroad.

A recent pap smear revealed abnormal results, which is a possible indicator of cervical cancer. Juana now requires a more thorough diagnostic procedure called a colposcopy to examine the abnormal cells. The $218 procedure will be performed on August 1 and results will indicate if Juana needs further treatment.

Juana shares with our medical partner, Wuqu’ Kawoq, that she is looking forward getting back to her normal life and taking care of her children. She says, “Thank you so much for the help that you given me. I hope to God to be well.”

48-year-old Juana lives in rural Guatemala. Juana takes care of her three children and household while her husband works abroad. A recen...

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Juana's Timeline

  • August 1, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Juana was submitted by Hannah Shryer, Complex Care Coordinator/Research Intern at Wuqu’ Kawoq, our medical partner in Guatemala.

  • August 01, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Juana received treatment at INCAN. 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.

  • August 10, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Juana's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • September 28, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Juana's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 18, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Juana's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Colposcopy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $218 for Juana's treatment
Hospital Fees
$93
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$0
Supplies
$0
Travel
$78
Other
$47
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Most patients are asymptomatic, but occasionally patients may suffer from bleeding and pain in the pelvic region. Wuqu’ Kawoq runs a large center where people can be screened for cervical cancer with pap smear tests. When a pap smear is positive, or when a woman comes into clinic with an obvious lesion on her cervix, she needs a colposcopy, which is a guided biopsy/removal of affected areas of the cervix. This procedure is often curative for small cancerous or precancerous lesions of the cervix. Occasionally, if the biopsy/removal shows a more aggressive issue, the patient does need to be referred on for more advanced treatment, but most of the time colposcopy is both diagnostic and curative.

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

These are cases picked up in our medical partner's screening program for cervical cancer, so most of the women don’t have any symptoms at all. This is exactly how a screening program is supposed to work—our medical partner can pick up cases that need treatment when treatment is still easy and curative. If left untreated, many of these cases would go on over a period of months to years and develop into life-threatening invasive cervical cancer.

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

Although cervical cancer is very rare in the US and other developed countries because of good access to screening and treatment, in Guatemala it is the most common cause of cancer-related death among women. This is because of poverty and poor infrastructure.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Treatment is straightforward. The patient is referred to a specialist who examines the cervix under a microscope. Any abnormal areas are removed with an electrical devices and sent for pathology testing to look for cancer. If cancer or precancer is found, this procedure is often curative and women can get back to their lives with regular followup. Usually the entire process can be completed in about two weeks.

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

This treatment saves lives. Without access to this procedure, many of these women would eventually develop severe invasive cervical cancer and die of the disease. Cervical cancer attacks early in life frequently robbing women of decades of life and leaving their families alone.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

This condition is very treatable! At this stage, doctors can remove these lesions easily, at relatively little cost, and save lives. Risks are rare but include bleeding that is very heavy or lasts longer than two weeks, abnormal vaginal discharge, fever, and pelvic pain.

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

There are several public and private clinics in Guatemala that offer this treatment. However, indigenous women, especially those who don’t speak Spanish, are frightened of the strange procedure and often do not follow through. Our medical partner provides them with the case management, counseling, and financial support to complete the procedure.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Most women with a positive pap result are scared and not sure where to turn. Instead of seeking help, they often go home and don’t seek care until many years later when the cancer is no longer treatable.

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