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Success! Pamela from Kenya raised $800 for cervical cancer treatment.

Pamela
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  • $800 raised, $0 to go
$800
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Pamela's treatment was fully funded on October 7, 2016.

Photo of Pamela post-operation

November 17, 2016

Pamela was treated for cervical cancer.

Pamela treatment was successfully administered! Her treatment has greatly reduced the chances of cancer metastasis. Post-surgery, she is scheduled for clinical visits over the next few months to review her recovery process.

“I am thankful for the assistance. God bless you,” shares Pamela. “I hope to be well and able to work much more productively.”

Pamela treatment was successfully administered! Her treatment has greatly reduced the chances of cancer metastasis. Post-surgery, she is sch...

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October 3, 2016

Pamela is a 40-year-old woman who is a mother to three children and a second wife to her husband. Her eldest son, who supports the family, is married and works at a construction site as a casual laborer. Her other children are in school where their fees are paid through government scholarships.

Pamela started experiencing pain and excessive bleeding last year April. She was given some pain management drugs after visiting the hospital. However, the bleeding continued. She had some tests done and was told she had cervical cancer. To remove the cancer and stop it from spreading, Pamela needs a total abdominal hysterectomy (surgery to remove her uterus and cervix through the abdomen).

If Pamela does not undergo this surgery, the cancer will likely spread and it may lead to premature death. However, she cannot afford treatment and so needs our help to raise the necessary funds.

Pamela says, “I want to be well and continue working for a living.”

Pamela is a 40-year-old woman who is a mother to three children and a second wife to her husband. Her eldest son, who supports the family, i...

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Pamela's Timeline

  • October 3, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Pamela was submitted by Beth Wangigi, Watsi Program Lead at African Mission Healthcare, our medical partner in Kenya.

  • October 5, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pamela's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 6, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pamela received treatment at AIC Kijabe Hospital. 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 7, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pamela's treatment was fully funded.

  • November 17, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pamela's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 2 donors

Funded by 2 donors

Treatment
Total Abdominal Hysterectomy
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Symptoms vary depending on the condition that requires the total abdominal hysterectomy. If the cause is cervical, uterine, or ovarian cancer, there may not be symptoms, especially if the cancer is early-stage. In more advanced cases of cervical and uterine cancers, abnormal bleeding, unusual discharge, and pelvic or abdominal pain can occur. Symptoms of ovarian cancer may include trouble eating, trouble feeling full, bloating, and urinary abnormality. If the cause is fibroids, symptoms may include heavy bleeding, pain in the pelvis or lower back, and swelling or enlargement of the abdomen.

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

Fibroids can grow large, cause abdominal pain and swelling, and lead to recurring bleeding and anemia. Cancer can cause pain and lead to death.

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

Most cervical cancer is caused by a sexually transmitted infection called human papillomavirus (HPV), which can often occur alongside a HIV infection. As a result, cervical cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among African women in areas of high HIV prevalence. Cervical cancer is also more prevalent in Africa than in the United States due to the lack of early-detection screening programs. The other conditions treated by a total abdominal hysterectomy are not necessarily more common in Africa.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

The patient first reports for laboratory testing. The following day, the patient undergoes surgery. After the operation, the patient stays in the hospital ward for three to four days, during which she is continually monitored. The surgery is considered successful if the wound heals without infection, bleeding, or fever, and if the patient no longer experiences urinary dysfunction.

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

In the case of uterine fibroids or early-stage cancer, a total abdominal hysterectomy is curative.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

If performed early enough, this surgery is low-risk and curative, with few side effects.

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

This surgery is available, but many patients cannot afford it. Many women are screened for cervical cancer with a low-cost alternative to a pap smear. This is common in HIV treatment programs. If necessary, the woman is referred for surgery, which she often cannot afford.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

If cervical cancer is caught early enough, some minor procedures can solve the problem. Women with fibroids who still wish to have children may opt to undergo a surgery only to remove the fibroids, which is called a myomectomy.

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