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Success! Kagamba from Uganda raised $187 to fund a mass removal procedure.

Kagamba
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  • $187 raised, $0 to go
$187
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Kagamba's treatment was fully funded on January 30, 2018.

Photo of Kagamba post-operation

February 13, 2018

Kagamba underwent a mass removal procedure.

The procedure was successful. She is no longer in pain and will be able to walk comfortably after a full recovery.

Kagamba says, “I am thankful to Watsi for the support rendered to me as I could not afford to pay for it. I hope to continue with farming.”

The procedure was successful. She is no longer in pain and will be able to walk comfortably after a full recovery. Kagamba says, “I am t...

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January 10, 2018

Kagamba is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is married with six children.

Ten years ago, Kagamba developed a right knee swelling. She has difficulty walking and moving about.

Kagamba traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On January 11, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Kagamba needs help to raise $187 to fund this procedure.

Kagamba says, “I hope to continue with small-scale farming after surgery.”

Kagamba is a small-scale farmer from Uganda. She is married with six children. Ten years ago, Kagamba developed a right knee swelling. Sh...

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Kagamba's Timeline

  • January 10, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Kagamba was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • January 11, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Kagamba received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale in Uganda. 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 11, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Kagamba's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 30, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Kagamba's treatment was fully funded.

  • February 13, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Kagamba's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

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Funded by 2 donors

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Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Kagamba'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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