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Stephano from Tanzania raised $920 to fund surgical removal of a facial mass.

Stephano
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  • $920 raised, $0 to go
$920
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Stephano's treatment was fully funded on July 11, 2017.

Photo of Stephano post-operation

March 10, 2017

Stephano underwent surgery.

Stephano’s mass excision surgery was successful. He has now been discharged. Our medical partner expects that he will be able to speak and eat normally again. A portion of the excised mass was sent for a biopsy to determine if additional treatment may be necessary.

Stephano’s father says, “We are happy that he got treated. We are waiting for the biopsy results eagerly.”

Stephano's mass excision surgery was successful. He has now been discharged. Our medical partner expects that he will be able to speak and e...

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February 11, 2017

Stephano is a 16-year-old teenager from Tanzania. Stephano helps his parents run a small family farm for income.

Two months ago, a mass started to grow on Stephano’s face. The localized growth caused pain and soon made it difficult for him to speak and eat. Stephano eventually dropped out of school, as he was too embarrassed by the mass. Doctors at our medical partner’s care center proposed to remove the mass, so Stephano can return to routine daily activities without frequent discomfort.

Stephano says, “I hope that I can get better after this surgery because I have high hopes of returning to school and completing my studies.”

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $920 to help fund surgery for Stephano. On February 12, he will undergo the surgery. He will feel significantly more comfortable thereafter.

Stephano is a 16-year-old teenager from Tanzania. Stephano helps his parents run a small family farm for income. Two months ago, a mass ...

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Stephano's Timeline

  • February 11, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Stephano was submitted by Robert Kariuki, Process Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • February 12, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Stephano received treatment at Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre (ALMC). 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.

  • February 16, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Stephano's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • March 10, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    We received an update on Stephano. Read the update.

  • July 11, 2017
    FULLY FUNDED

    Stephano's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 22 donors

Funded by 22 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • 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?

There are so many different kinds of masses so it is difficult to state what the significance is.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The process 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 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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