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20-kg Lump Removed from Woman's Stomach

Times of India
2 April 2010
By Vipul Rajput

The 30–yr–old from Rajasthan will be discharged within a week from M P Shah Cancer Hospital
Rajen Tankshali Cancer surgeon Rajen Tankshali conducted the three–and–a–half hours operation on Rukshana Rangrej and removed the tumour
A20–kilo tumour was successfully removed from a 30–year–old woman’s stomach on Wednesday. Rukshana Rangrej of Jodhpur is recovering at the M P Shah Cancer Hospital and will be discharged within a week, a doctor who operated on her said.

Cancer surgeon Rajen Tankshali, who conducted the threeand–a–half hours operation, said it was a rare case that he had come across.

It started as a pain in the stomach of Rangrej when she was 25. She took medicines from a local physician and continued with her daily work. The lump slowly developed into a ball that led to an enlarged stomach, which Rangrej mistook for pregnancy.

However, doctors confirmed it was a tumour and told her that she would have to be operated upon to remove it. Rangrej’s disinclination, coupled with her fear to go under the knife, made the tumour so big that it became difficult for her to even stand up without holding onto something.

Doctors in Rajasthan advised to get herself operated in Ahmedabad.

On March 11, Rangrej was brought to the cancer hospital. Dr Tankshali checked her and found her to be too weak to undergo an operation. “She was terrified of getting operated. We had to take into account her physical and mental condition, before going for the operation,” the surgeon said.

The woman was given medicines to improve her stamina.

On Wednesday morning Rangrej was operated upon and the 20 kg tumour was removed.

“This was a GIST (Gastro Intestinal Stromal Tumour)”, said Dr Tankshali, adding, “We had to remove the tumour from the root, otherwise it would have sprouted again.”

The doctor advised people to remember two things. “Don’t ignore any small lump in body and have no fear of an operation,” he said.

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