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Success! Selina from Tanzania raised $920 for surgery to remove an ovarian mass.

Selina
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$920
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Fully funded
Selina's treatment was fully funded on May 25, 2016.
July 1, 2016

Selina received surgery to remove her ovarian mass.

Selina is confident that with the mass excised she will continue a healthy life as an active member in her home–as a wife and mother–and in her community.

Unfortunately, Selina went to her home town that is far from Arusha, from the hospital before a post-treatment photo was taken. We know that she was so very keen to resume her role of looking after her young son.

“I am thankful to God of the opportunity of having surgery and preventing cancer in my body,” Selina shared with her medical team.

Selina is confident that with the mass excised she will continue a healthy life as an active member in her home--as a wife and mother--and i...

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May 8, 2016

Selina is a loving and hard working woman from Tanzania. She is a wife and a mother of one child. Before Selina met her husband, she used to be a housemaid and loved her job. Now that she is married, she supports her husband who is a small scale farmer. Together, they grow maize, beans, and sunflowers.

Selina was not aware of a mass which was growing on her left ovary until the last month of her pregnancy when an ultrasound was done. She gave birth safely to her first baby and was asked to return to the hospital for follow-up of the mass. She was given some medicine, but it did not help reduce or stop the mass from increasing in size.

Selina needs the mass to be excised and prevent it from turning cancerous. However, what they earn from farming is not enough to cover the cost of their basic needs, as well as the cost of surgery which Selina needs. With $920, Selina will have the mass removed.

“I pray that I will be well,” Selina said, “so I can continue to raise my seven-month-old son and also look after my husband and just build a happy family.”

Selina is a loving and hard working woman from Tanzania. She is a wife and a mother of one child. Before Selina met her husband, she used to...

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Selina's Timeline

  • May 8, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Selina was submitted by Esupat Kimerei, Rehab Surgery Project Assistant Coordinator at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Tanzania.

  • May 12, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Selina 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.

  • May 18, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Selina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 25, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Selina's treatment was fully funded.

  • July 01, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Selina's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 25 donors

Funded by 25 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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