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Success! Ann from Kenya raised $816 to fund a mastectomy.

Ann
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$816
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Ann's treatment was fully funded on May 13, 2018.

Photo of Ann post-operation

May 30, 2018

Ann underwent a mastectomy.

Ann’s surgery was successful, reducing chances of cancer metastasis. Ann is expected to attend several clinical reviews. She will also proceed with further treatment. Ann is grateful and hopes that with total recovery, she will be able to resume her duties of caring for her mother and her children.

Ann says, “Thank you for the successful treatment and support offered. God bless you.”

Ann’s surgery was successful, reducing chances of cancer metastasis. Ann is expected to attend several clinical reviews. She will also proce...

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May 9, 2018

Ann is a wife and mother of five children from Kenya. Her husband is a cobbler in Nakuru, and some of her children are in high school. Ann cares for her mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago and is recovering from treatment.

Ann has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Without treatment, the cancer may spread to other organs. A mastectomy, a surgery to remove breast tissue, has been suggested to rid her body of breast cancer and to prevent the cancer from metastasizing.

Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $816 to cover the cost of a mastectomy for Ann. The procedure is scheduled to take place on May 9. After treatment, Ann will hopefully return to a cancer-free life.

Ann says, “My hope is that soon I will be treated and fight cancer with the resilience with which my mother has fought it.”

Ann is a wife and mother of five children from Kenya. Her husband is a cobbler in Nakuru, and some of her children are in high school. Ann c...

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Ann's Timeline

  • May 9, 2018
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • May 9, 2018
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Ann 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.

  • May 9, 2018
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Ann's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • May 13, 2018
    FULLY FUNDED

    Ann's treatment was fully funded.

  • May 30, 2018
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Ann's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 15 donors

Funded by 15 donors

Treatment
Mastectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $816 for Ann'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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