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4.5 kg Cancerous Tumour Removed From Man’s Stomach

Times of India
21 January 2011
Hyderabad, India

In a rare feat, a team of doctors removed a 4.5 kg cancerous tumour from a 43–year–old man’s stomach at Indo American Cancer Hospital on Thursday. Surgeons said that the patient had been carrying the tumour in his stomach for two years.

The patient, C Subba Rao, hailing from Jalakandi, Nellore district, had first sought treatment at a hospital at Tirupati and later at a cancer hospital in Chennai a year ago, where the doctors expressed their inability to treat him in view of the advanced stage of cancer.

A year later, after making rounds of several hospitals, he landed at Indo American hospital two weeks ago. The tumour, which was earlier diagnosed in the large intestine, had covered the entire stomach area and had even spread to the small intestine, urinary bladder and the abdominal wall making it difficult for the patient to eat solid food and excrete.

"The tumour was protruding from his body and had torn the abdomen. It had sprung out of the body like a cauliflower. The food he ate was coming out through the small intestine near the naval," said Dr Parvataneni Nagendra, consultant surgical oncologist, Indo American Cancer Institute, who led the team for the surgery.

"To do away with the fast spreading tumour, the team of surgeons had to first remove the small and large intestine, urinary bladder, the uretus (which connects the urinary bladder with the kidneys) and then sutured the removed parts," he said. During the eight–hour long surgery, the doctors said that the tumour was removed in one piece and later on, the part of the stomach which was removed was sutured.

Rao, who owns a provision store at his native place, has three daughters. The family was struggling to make ends meet ever since his health condition started deteriorating. While the doctors termed his condition as stable after the surgery later in the day, his family members, who earlier spent nearly Rs two lakh towards his treatment at other hospitals, said that had they not received Rs 1.17 lakh under the Arogyasri scheme, Rao would have died of cancer as they had exhausted all their resources.

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