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Success! Beatrice from Kenya raised $740 for a mastectomy.

Beatrice
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$740
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Fully funded
Beatrice's treatment was fully funded on April 22, 2016.

Photo of Beatrice post-operation

June 3, 2016

Beatrice received treatment for her breast cancer.

“Beatrice underwent a successful mastectomy surgery,” her medical team explains. “The risk of cancer spreading to other parts of Beatrice’s body has been reduced. Beatrice will now be able to work and take care of her children again.”

“I thank God for my treatment so far,” Beatrice said. “I pray to God to bless the donors.”

"Beatrice underwent a successful mastectomy surgery," her medical team explains. "The risk of cancer spreading to other parts of Beatrice’s ...

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April 10, 2016

“I want to be well, take care of my kids, and join in campaigns on cancer awareness,” shares Beatrice, a 34-year-old mother of two from Kenya. Last July, Beatrice was diagnosed with cancer in her left breast. According to our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation (AMHF), Beatrice has undergone a few sessions of chemotherapy, which have left her “experiencing fatigue and pain.” This diagnosis has also seriously affected her daily life, prohibiting her from working as a shopkeeper. As a result, her children are currently living with their grandmother.

Chemotherapy sessions have drained Beatrice’s family’s savings. Due to her inability to work, Beatrice now depends solely on her husband’s earnings as a mechanic. In order for Beatrice to continue receiving the treatment she needs from AIC Kijabe Hospital, she will need financial assistance. Without a mastectomy, there is risk of the cancer spreading to other parts of Beatrice’s body. For $740, Beatrice will receive the mastectomy that she needs.

WK is optimistic that after the treatment, “risk of cancer spreading to other parts of Beatrice’s body will be reduced and she will be able to take care of her family again.”

“I want to be well, take care of my kids, and join in campaigns on cancer awareness,” shares Beatrice, a 34-year-old mother of two from Keny...

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Beatrice's Timeline

  • April 10, 2016
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • April 11, 2016
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Beatrice 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.

  • April 16, 2016
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Beatrice's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 22, 2016
    FULLY FUNDED

    Beatrice's treatment was fully funded.

  • June 03, 2016
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Beatrice's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 14 donors

Funded by 14 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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