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Success! Tumwebaze from Uganda raised $187 to fund tumor removal.

Tumwebaze
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  • $187 raised, $0 to go
$187
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Tumwebaze's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Tumwebaze post-operation

November 3, 2017

Tumwebaze underwent tumor removal.

Tumwebaze had a successful excision of her head mass. This will improve her quality of life. Tumwebaze is no longer in pain and discomfort.

Tumwebaze says, “I thank you Watsi for supporting my surgery. I would love that you continue helping others as I was helped. I will continue with cultivation when fully recovered.”

Tumwebaze had a successful excision of her head mass. This will improve her quality of life. Tumwebaze is no longer in pain and discomfort. ...

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October 17, 2017

Tumwebaze is a 44-year-old woman from Uganda. Her husband passed away in 2008 and she is now a single parent to five children—three girls and two boys. While her children are at school, Tumwebaze works on her small farm.

About 17 years ago, Tumwebaze noticed a swelling on the left side of her head. It was quite small to begin with but has since grown to a much larger size. This growth causes Tumwebaze physical and emotional discomfort, as well as consistent headaches. She has been diagnosed with a giant lipoma and surgery has been recommended.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $187 to fund Tumwebaze’s surgery. She is scheduled for treatment on October 19 at our medical partner’s care center, Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. After her operation, Tumwebaze will be able to live free of pain and the weight of her lipoma.

“I hope to regain normal appearance of the head,” Tumwebaze says. “And then after, I will continue with cultivation.”

Tumwebaze is a 44-year-old woman from Uganda. Her husband passed away in 2008 and she is now a single parent to five children—three girls an...

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Tumwebaze's Timeline

  • October 17, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Tumwebaze was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Uganda.

  • October 19, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Tumwebaze received treatment at Karoli Lwanga Hospital, Nyakibale. 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.

  • October 19, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Tumwebaze's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • November 03, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Tumwebaze's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Tumwebaze's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $187 for Tumwebaze'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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.