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Cristina from the Philippines raised $1,323 to fund a tumor removal so she can breathe and eat more easily again.

Cristina
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  • $1,323 raised, $0 to go
$1,323
raised
$0
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Fully funded
Cristina's treatment was fully funded on April 21, 2022.
April 29, 2022

Cristina did not yet undergo surgery.

Our medical partner shared that Cristina’s surgery was initially postponed due to a positive COVID test. However, when the new date was set, the surgeon determined that she first needs a biopsy and CT scan before the continuation of her treatment. The medical team is waiting on the results to develop a new treatment plan for Cristina and has asked that we support another patient in need of surgery right now. Thank you for your understanding.

Our medical partner shared that Cristina's surgery was initially postponed due to a positive COVID test. However, when the new date was set,...

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January 25, 2022

Cristina is a 53-year-old woman from the Philippines. She works hard doing laundry to support her family and is the sole breadwinner of her household.

In 2014, Cristina began to experience troubling symptoms, including a mass growing on her neck, followed by hoarseness in her voice and difficulty in swallowing. She was diagnosed with an inflamed mass in her neck and needs surgery to prevent her symptoms from getting worse.

Fortunately, our medical partner, World Surgical Foundation Philippines, is helping Cristina receive treatment. She is scheduled to undergo surgery on February 22nd at Our Lady of Peace Hospital. Her treatment will cost $1,323, and she and her family need help to raise money for this life-changing care.

“We are very thankful to WSFP and WATSI for this surgery. Our mom will be able to continue with her life without difficulty speaking and swallowing her food,” Cristina’s daughter shared.

Cristina is a 53-year-old woman from the Philippines. She works hard doing laundry to support her family and is the sole breadwinner of her ...

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Cristina's Timeline

  • January 25, 2022
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Cristina was submitted by Kolyn Gervacio, Marketing and Communications Officer at World Surgical Foundation Philippines.

  • January 28, 2022
    TREATMENT SCHEDULED

    Cristina was scheduled to receive 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.

  • February 22, 2022
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Cristina's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 29, 2022
    FUNDING ENDED

    Cristina is no longer raising funds.

  • April 29, 2022
    TREATMENT UPDATE

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

Funded by 16 donors

Funded by 16 donors

Treatment
Parotidectomy
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $1,323 for Cristina's treatment
Hospital Fees
$238
Medical Staff
$330
Medication
$180
Supplies
$166
Labs
$284
Radiology
$11
Other
$114
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

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

Parotid tumors often cause swelling in the face or jaw that usually isn't painful. Other symptoms include numbness, burning or prickling sensations in the face, or a loss of facial movement.

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

Parotid tumors decrease the patient's well-being and quality of life.

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

Especially when left untreated, people with parotid tumor can tend to be socially excluded from their communities, due to the stigma against people with physical deformities. These may be in the form of lack of employment opportunities, loss of connection with peers, even family, discrimination based on false beliefs on physical deformities (e.g. generational curses because of slights against higher beings).

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

What does the treatment process look like?

Parotid tumor treatment usually involves surgery to remove the tumor. If the tumor contains cancerous cells, the doctor may recommend additional treatments, such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy.

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

Removing part of the parotid gland. For most parotid tumors, surgeons may cut away the tumor and some of the healthy parotid gland tissue around it (superficial parotidectomy). Removing all of the parotid glands. Surgery to remove all of the parotid gland (total parotidectomy) might be recommended for larger tumors and those that affect the deeper parts of the parotid gland. More extensive surgery for larger cancers. If parotid cancer has grown into nearby bone and muscles, a more extensive operation may be necessary. Surgeons try to remove all of the cancer and a small amount of the healthy tissue that surrounds it. Then they work to repair the area so you can continue to chew, swallow, speak, breathe and move your face. This may involve transferring skin, tissue, bone or nerves from other parts of your body to make repairs.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Permanent damage is possible but usually occurs in only the most difficult cases. Depending on the branch of the nerve that is damaged you may experience weakness of the lower lip, leading to a slightly crooked smile, weakness of the eyelids, making it difficult to keep the eye closed.

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 within the capital region of the country. In other cases, patients need to travel long distances to access care.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Patients experiencing parotid tumors may look for pain medication or treatment that will stabilize the growth.

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