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Success! Janet from the Philippines raised $983 to fund life-saving surgery to help fight her breast cancer.

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Janet's treatment was fully funded on December 31, 2022.

Photo of Janet post-operation

January 16, 2023

Janet underwent life-saving surgery to help fight her breast cancer.

Janet’s surgery was a success! She’s so happy because she doesn’t need to worry about her illness. Once she fully recovered, she plans to work abroad to give her family a better life.

Janet said, “Thank you so much WATSI and World Surgical Foundation Philippines! Without your help, I wouldn’t be able to have this life-changing surgery. God bless you all, and I hope you can help more people.”

Janet's surgery was a success! She's so happy because she doesn't need to worry about her illness. Once she fully recovered, she plans to wo...

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August 11, 2022

Janet is a hardworking mother of two from the Philippines. To support their family, she works as a merchandiser, and her partner works as an on-call construction worker.

Janet has been diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2013, she discovered a mass on her right breast and underwent surgery to remove it, but the mass unfortunately reoccurred in 2015. However, this time there was a mass on each of her breasts. When she was finally able to seek medical care, an ultrasound showed that the masses have grown in size and need to be surgically removed. 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.

Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines (WSFP), is helping Janet receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo a mastectomy on August 13th at Our Lady of Peace Hospital. A portion of the cost of her treatment is being supported by the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, and WSFP is raising $983 to cover the remaining amount. After treatment, Janet will hopefully return to a cancer-free life.

Janet shared, “This free surgery is a big help for me. We don’t have to worry about my medical expenses anymore. Thank you so much Watsi and World Surgical Foundation Philippines for your help!”

Janet is a hardworking mother of two from the Philippines. To support their family, she works as a merchandiser, and her partner works as an...

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Janet's Timeline

  • August 11, 2022

    Janet was submitted by Abegail Joy Cervania, Marketing and Communications Officer at World Surgical Foundation Philippines.

  • August 12, 2022

    Janet's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • August 13, 2022

    Janet received treatment at Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Philippines. 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.

  • December 31, 2022

    Janet's treatment was fully funded.

  • January 16, 2023

    Janet's treatment was successful. Read the update.

Funded by 20 donors

Funded by 20 donors

Breast Mastectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $983 for Janet's treatment
Hospital Fees
Medical Staff
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

Breast cysts may be found in one or both breasts. Signs and symptoms of a cyst include a smooth, easily movable round or oval lump, discharge, breast pain or tenderness in the area of the lump, or a change in lump size and tenderness.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

Having breast cysts doesn't always increase the patient's risk of breast cancer. But having cysts may make it harder to find new breast lumps or other changes that might need evaluation by the doctor.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

In the Philippines, breast cancer is the leading cancer in women. The Department of Health and the Philippine Cancer Society Inc. population-based cancer registries reported an age-standardized incidence rate of 55.1 per 100,000, the highest recorded incidence rate in any Asian population. Along with the high incidence is a high mortality rate.

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

A mastectomy is the removal of the whole breast. There are five different types of mastectomy: "simple" or "total" mastectomy, modified radical mastectomy, radical mastectomy, partial mastectomy, and subcutaneous mastectomy.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

After the mastectomy, the treatment may prevent breast cancer from recurring. It will significantly improve the patient's life by avoiding the diagnosis of breast cancer, cancer that can spread, and the pain due to the breast mass.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

As with any surgical procedure, a mastectomy can cause a number of complications. Risks of this procedure include pain or tenderness, bleeding, swelling, redness and warmth at the incision site, suggestive of infection, limited arm movement, numbness, seroma, or fluid buildup beneath the wound site, hematoma, or blood buildup in the wound, and scar tissue.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

The care facility is equipped and accessible to handle this procedure for patients from across the Capital region and those who travel from other parts of the country.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

For patients in whom the size of the primary tumor relative to the size of the breast makes breast-conserving surgery an inappropriate choice, an alternative to mastectomy is preoperative chemotherapy.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

Meet another patient you can support

100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.