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Success! Mary from Kenya raised $816 to fund breast cancer treatment.

Mary
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  • $816 raised, $0 to go
$816
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Mary's treatment was fully funded on January 8, 2018.

Photo of Mary post-operation

October 2, 2017

Mary underwent breast cancer treatment.

Mary’s mastectomy was successful. The cancerous cells were removed, and Mary is scheduled to come for clinical visits and get further treatment advice. The surgery reduced chances of further cancer spread to other parts of her body. Mary was grateful for the assistance.

Mary says, “I am grateful that surgery was successful. I know the pain I was going through will be over.”

Mary’s mastectomy was successful. The cancerous cells were removed, and Mary is scheduled to come for clinical visits and get further treatm...

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August 31, 2017

Mary is a single mother of three who has been living with cancer for quite some time. She works as a cook.

In 2010, Mary developed a lump in her right breast. She has had several procedures since to attempt to alleviate the symptoms. The lump returned in 2017.

Mary visited a Watsi care center in August, and doctors recommended mastectomy surgery. Mary is not able to afford the procedure and needs $816 to fund it. Fortunately, she is scheduled to undergo surgery on September 6.

She looks forward to living free of pain and getting back to work in order to continue to provide for her family.

Mary is a single mother of three who has been living with cancer for quite some time. She works as a cook. In 2010, Mary developed a lump...

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Mary's Timeline

  • August 31, 2017
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • September 06, 2017
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Mary 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.

  • September 21, 2017
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Mary's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 02, 2017
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Mary's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • January 08, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Mary's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 10 donors

Funded by 10 donors

Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $816 for Mary's treatment
Hospital Fees
$763
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$5
Supplies
$0
Labs
$9
Other
$39
  • 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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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.