In a five-hour high-risk surgery, doctors at a city hospital removed 15kg tumour from a 50-year-old woman.
A team of doctors at the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre (RGCI) successfully removed the tumour from the ovaries of Ani Catrin Oro, an American woman living in India.
“Since the size of tumour was so big and major organs were suppressed, conducting a surgery was challenging,” said Dr Sudhir Kumar Rawal, head, surgical oncology at the hospital, under whose supervision the surgery was conducted.
For Oro, the surgery has brought her weight down to 70kg from 85kg. “She was suffering from a rare ovarian tumour. After the initial diagnosis, we decided to operate upon her though we knew it was a critical surgery,” said Dr Rawal. Doctors at RGCI immediately got a CT scan done when Oro consulted them. The scan showed a huge abdominal-pelvic mass originating from the right side near the ovarian origin. Doctors said her uterus and the urinary bladder could not be seen separately.
“All her organs were badly suppressed under pressure from the tumour,” Dr Rawal said.
Oro’s blood had started coagulating as she had also developed Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), formation of a blood clot, which was leading her towards developing pulmonary embolism, wherein the main artery of the lung or one of its branches get blocked.
Doctors found it challenging to prevent the clots from breaking during surgery and creating blockage. “It was a malignant tumour, so we had to remove the mass — one ovary, uterus and a part of large intestine — in order to protect the further spreading of tumour through infected parts,” added Dr Rawal.
Oro, who is a yoga practioner based in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, came to RGCI in January this year with a huge belly. She was admitted at the hospital on March 14 and after putting her under observation for nearly 15-days, she was operated on March 25.
Oro developed the tumour five years ago. Her belly swelled two times more than the actual size and she was in agonising pain all the time. “I came to the hospital on the advice of a friend and I’m glad I did,” she said.