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Success! Musinguzi from Uganda raised $196 to fund a mass removal procedure.

Musinguzi
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  • $196 raised, $0 to go
$196
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Musinguzi's treatment was fully funded on March 4, 2019.

Photo of Musinguzi post-operation

February 1, 2019

Musinguzi underwent a mass removal procedure.

Musinguzi’s mass excision repair went well. He is no longer at risk of feeling pain and discomfort.

Musinguzi’s mass excision repair went well. He is no longer at risk of feeling pain and discomfort....

January 10, 2019

Musinguzi is a farmer from Uganda. He is married and a father of eight children.

Musinguzi developed a swelling on the back of his neck in 2017. This swelling has been gradually increasing in size.

Musinguzi traveled to our medical partner’s care center to receive treatment. On January 16, surgeons will remove the mass. Now, Musinguzi needs help to raise $196 to fund this procedure.

He says, “I like listening to radio during my free time.”

Musinguzi is a farmer from Uganda. He is married and a father of eight children. Musinguzi developed a swelling on the back of his neck ...

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Musinguzi's Timeline

  • January 10, 2019
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

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

  • January 10, 2019
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Musinguzi's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • January 17, 2019
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Musinguzi received treatment at Holy Family Virika 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.

  • February 01, 2019
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Musinguzi's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • March 04, 2019
    FULLY FUNDED

    Musinguzi's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 7 donors

Funded by 7 donors

Treatment
Mass Excision
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $196 for Musinguzi's treatment
Hospital Fees
$157
Medical Staff
$0
Medication
$23
Supplies
$0
Labs
$16
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Broadly speaking, masses come in two types: benign (not cancer) and malignant (cancer). The types of tumors are many and could range from osteosarcoma of the jaw (a bone tumor) to thyroid enlargement to breast lump to lipoma (benign fat tumour), among others. The symptoms vary depending on the type of tumor. Not all tumors, cancerous or benign, show symptoms. A common benign tumor, such as a lipoma (fatty tumor), may cause local pressure and pain, or may be disfiguring and socially stigmatizing. An ovarian mass may be benign or cancerous and may cause pain, bleeding, or, if malignant, death.

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

If the tumor is cancerous, it is usually aggressive and invasive. If not treated (like certain skin cancers, for example) there could be tissue destruction, pain, deformity, and ultimately death.

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

Some of these patients have lived with potentially disfiguring or uncomfortable swellings for years.

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

What does the treatment process look like?

This treatment depends on the location of the mass and whether it is cancerous or benign.

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

In the case of cancer, the procedure can be life-saving. In the case of benign tumors, patients can be free of pain, discomfort, or social stigma.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

If the tumor is cancerous, the surgeon will only try to remove it if the procedure would be curative. If the cancer has already spread, then surgery cannot help. Most of these surgeries are not very risky.

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

There are few qualified facilities and surgeons to perform this procedure.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

If the tumor is cancerous, chemotherapy may help, but that treatment is even less available than surgery. If the tumor is benign, it depends on the condition but just watching the mass would be one option.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.

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100% of your donation funds life-changing surgery.