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Success! Purity from Kenya raised $740 for breast cancer treatment.

Purity
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$740
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$0
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Fully funded
Purity's treatment was fully funded on June 17, 2016.

Photo of Purity post-operation

August 1, 2016

Purity received a life-saving mastectomy.

Purity’s mastectomy was very successful. During the surgery, breast tissues including the cancerous cells were removed, greatly reducing the chance of dangerous cancer metastasis. Although doctors still worry about cancer occurring in her right breast, she is currently healing well from her first surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

Purity is eager to get home to her child and business, but is very grateful to those who helped her have this life-saving procedure. “I thank you all for supporting my treatment. May God bless you.”

Purity’s mastectomy was very successful. During the surgery, breast tissues including the cancerous cells were removed, greatly reducing the...

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May 6, 2016

In June 2015, Purity felt a lump on her left breast. She had been to various hospitals with no clear diagnosis until April 2016, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and a mastectomy was recommended. Purity requires this treatment but is not able to raise the amount needed for surgery.

Purity is a young mother of one child aged one and a half years old. She recently opened a small business in Nairobi to earn a living after an earlier business failure. Purity is also supported by her brothers as she is not yet stable financially to fully rely on herself. Her parents are not financially stable and so she can not rely on them.

Purity experiences pain on her left breast where she has a lump. Purity has emotional stress due to the thoughts of having cancer and the risks associated with cancer. She prefers being alone. If not treated, Purity risks having cancer spread to other parts of her body which might result to premature death.

After the treatment, risk of cancer spreading to other parts of Purity’s body and possibly causing death will be reduced. Purity will also be free to work and raise her young child.

“I want to get well, raise awareness about cancer, and raise my child,” Purity said.

In June 2015, Purity felt a lump on her left breast. She had been to various hospitals with no clear diagnosis until April 2016, when she wa...

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Purity's Timeline

  • May 6, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Purity was submitted by Beatrice Njoroge, Curative Medical Support Program Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare.

  • May 9, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Purity received treatment at AIC Kijabe Hospital in Kenya. 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.

  • June 14, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Purity's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • June 17, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Purity's treatment was fully funded.

  • August 1, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Purity's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 11 donors

Funded by 11 donors

Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

A mastectomy is a surgery to remove the breast or part of the breast and is usually performed to treat breast cancer. Common symptoms of breast cancer include a lump or swelling in all or part of the breast, skin irritation or dimpling, pain, discharge, redness, and thickening of the skin.

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

If breast cancer is not treated, the cancer may spread to other organs, potentially leading to early death. Untreated breast cancer can also lead to pain and infection within the breast.

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

Breast cancer is the leading cancer in women in Kenya (34 per 100,000). It has been identified as the number one killer of women aged 35-55 years. Late diagnosis is the main reason for high mortality.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient reports to the hospital, and lab work is done. The following day, the patient goes into the operating room for surgery. The patient stays in the hospital ward for three to seven days. The surgery is considered a success if the wound heals cleanly. The patient is then discharged from the hospital.

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

This treatment is curative if the cancer has not spread widely. Usually, this surgery is not performed if the cancer has already spread. Sometimes, doctors are unable to determine if the cancer has spread until they perform post-operative lymph node testing.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

There are very few side effects or risks if the condition is diagnosed and treated before the cancer has spread widely.

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

In Africa, there is limited capacity to treat breast cancer. Many cancers are diagnosed in advanced stages due to the limited number of diagnostic and treatment centers.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For early-stage breast cancer, a “lumpectomy” surgery may be adequate. Additional radiation therapy will be required for cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes.

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