Eight-kg tumour removed from woman’s stomach
An eight-kilo cancerous tumour was successfully removed from a 62-year-old woman’s stomach, at a city hospital.india Updated: May 20, 2009 02:41 IST
An eight-kilo cancerous tumour was successfully removed from a 62-year-old woman’s stomach, at a city hospital.
Two years ago, Kandivli resident Satyavati Sawant was shocked to learn that her stomach was bloated because of the tumour. It not only left her in extreme pain, but was also a cause of embarrassment as it made her look pregnant.
A team of surgeons finally removed the tumour in a high-risk, eight-hour surgery at Bombay Hospital on Saturday.
“I couldn’t lie down or walk properly. For a year, I was on a liquid diet as I couldn’t keep food in my stomach,” said Sawant.
Diagnosed with a very rare cancer called leiomyosarcoma — it occurs in one per lakh cancer patients — she consulted doctors while the tumour kept growing. “I went to several doctors. They either referred me elsewhere or gave me an appointment months later. When they said ‘major surgery’ I got scared,” said Sawant.
“The surgery was complicated as the tumour had wrapped itself around the arteries, which is the main source of blood supply to the small intestine,” said Dr Amit Gandhi, an onco-surgeon. “If we had removed the tumour along with part of the intestine, if she ate food the nutrients wouldn’t be absorbed properly.”
Dr Gandhi said that he had counselled the family for three days, asking them to be prepared for all eventualities.
But four days after the surgery, Sawant can’t wait to go back home. “I want to do many things that I hadn’t been able,” she said. “Like eating fish curry.”