This lady has a big problem, yet, amazingly, like most of my Nigerian patients, she is happy because she is finally getting some care. She has had 3 cycles of chemotherapy and soon we will remove her necrotic, fungating breast. She will probably die relatively soon (who knows?) but at least she will not die with the smell of rotten flesh around her. For an investment of a few weeks, she will be happier for the rest of her life, however long that may be.

Unfortunately, fungating breast cancer is common in Nigeria. For many reasons, such as economics and fear, the ladies come in late. With educational programs, we are trying to change this trend