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

Jennifer
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  • $740 raised, $0 to go
$740
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Jennifer's treatment was fully funded on October 11, 2016.

Photo of Jennifer post-operation

October 26, 2016

Jennifer received successful breast cancer treatment.

Doctors performed a mastectomy, removing the cancerous tissue in her breast. This treatment should prevent the spread of cancer throughout Jennifer’s body.

Moving forward, doctors will assess Jennifer’s healing process through future clinical visits. They will also provide further treatment recommendations.

Jennifer is happy to have received surgery. “Thanks a lot for the assistance,” she says. “I am hopeful that I will be able to bring up my children in good health”

Doctors performed a mastectomy, removing the cancerous tissue in her breast. This treatment should prevent the spread of cancer throughout J...

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August 22, 2016

Meet Jennifer, a wife and mother of two children from Kenya. Her eldest child is in secondary school, while her youngest is three years old. Together with her husband, Jennifer tends to her small piece of land in the semi arid areas of Kenya. Jennifer’s siblings are not employed and have families, thus supporting her treatment is quite a burden to them.

In April 2015, Jennifer felt a small swelling on her right breast and sought treatment from different hospitals. However, the swelling did not disappear, and she had to travel over 300km to our facility in July 2016. She had a fine needle aspiration (FNA) done in our facility and was diagnosed with breast cancer.

If not treated, the cancer may spread and lead to early death. She requires a mastectomy, or removal of the cancerous tissue, but is not able to meet the $740 treatment cost.

Jennifer says, “I want to be well and be there for my children”. Let us help Jennifer access the medical care she needs.

Meet Jennifer, a wife and mother of two children from Kenya. Her eldest child is in secondary school, while her youngest is three years old....

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Jennifer's Timeline

  • August 22, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Jennifer was submitted by Joan Kadagaya, Curative Medical Support Program-Partner Representative at African Mission Healthcare.

  • August 24, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Jennifer 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.

  • September 16, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Jennifer's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 11, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Jennifer's treatment was fully funded.

  • October 26, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Jennifer's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 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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