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Margaret from Kenya raised $740 for mastectomy surgery to prevent the spread of breast cancer.

Margaret
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  • $740 raised, $0 to go
$740
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Margaret's treatment was fully funded on August 18, 2016.
October 13, 2016

Margaret did not receive treatment as expected.

Unfortunately, Margaret failed to come in for treatment. After contracting her, Margaret insisted that she was faring well and no longer requires treatment, and has decided not to have the surgery.

Unfortunately, Margaret failed to come in for treatment. After contracting her, Margaret insisted that she was faring well and no longer req...

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July 10, 2016

Margaret is an elderly woman and a farmer on her small plot of land. She is 65 years old and a mother to eleven children.

In April of 2016, Margaret had a painful feeling on her left breast. She came to our facility and was asked to undergo a mammogram. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and now requires a mastectomy.

A mastectomy will remove the breast tissue to prevent further spread of the cancer. Margaret will be in the hospital for six days to ensure the surgery’s success, and will receive the medication needed to recover.

All of Margaret’s children work as casual laborers and have limited social economic means to provide for their mother’s treatment. Margaret’s husband had his leg amputated in September of 2015, and he completely relies on Margaret to provide for him.

Due to the recent financial burden of her husband’s medical bill, she is not able to access the medical treatment she needs. The surgery will cost $740.

“I pray to God to heal me so that I may enjoy my old age and help my husband as well,” Margaret shares with us.

Margaret is an elderly woman and a farmer on her small plot of land. She is 65 years old and a mother to eleven children. In April of 201...

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Margaret's Timeline

  • July 10, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • July 11, 2016
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Margaret was scheduled to receive 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.

  • August 8, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Margaret's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • October 13, 2016
    FUNDING ENDED

    Margaret is no longer raising funds.

  • October 13, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Margaret's treatment did not happen. Read the update.

Funded by 12 donors

Funded by 12 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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