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Binyomo is a man from Uganda who needs $196 to fund a mass removal procedure.

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December 12, 2017

Binyomo is a farmer from Uganda. He is 74 years old and a father of nine. He works as a farmer.

Binyomo has had a swelling in a sensitive area for a long time. The swelling has increased in size over the years. It doesn’t hurt, but it causes him discomfort when he sits.

Binyomo traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On December 13, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Binyomo needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure.

Binyomo says, “I am told by the doctor that my condition needs surgery and I am unable to pay for it. I need help.”

Binyomo is a farmer from Uganda. He is 74 years old and a father of nine. He works as a farmer. Binyomo has had a swelling in a sensitiv...

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Binyomo's Timeline

  • December 12, 2017

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

  • December 12, 2017

    Binyomo's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • December 20, 2017

    Binyomo 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.

  • January 03, 2018

    Awaiting Binyomo's treatment update from African Mission Healthcare Foundation.


    Binyomo is currently raising funds for his treatment.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $196 for Binyomo'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 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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