A team of surgeons from the Lehigh Valley Health Network, Pennsylvania has successfully excised a 140-pount malignant tumor from a 71-year-old woman’s abdomen. At the time she was hospitalized, the septuagenarian weighed 365 pounds, but lost a whopping 150 pounds after the surgery. Pathology tests came out negative for cancer, meaning that the patient does not require chemo or radiotherapy.
Mary Clancey is a 71-year-old resident of Allentown, Pennsylvania. As any person of her age, the woman spends her time chatting with her best friends and indulging her passion for fatty foods, especially French fries.
However, over the past 15 years, the gentle Allentown woman has put on considerable weight. After trying for years to shed off the excess fat, the woman gave up and had to come to terms with her though that she will remain an overweight lady.
Seeing that the woman’s condition continued to degrade to the point that she wasn’t able to properly breathe and speak, he son asked her to see a doctor. Upon consulting the 71-year-old woman, the doctors from the Lehigh Valley Health Network concluded that she didn’t have a weight problem, but a gigantic malignant ovarian tumor.
Dr. Richard Boulay, a gynecologic oncologist, working at the medical center where Clancey was operated, said that this was one of the most challenging cases he ever encountered. Apart from weighing 140 pounds, the tumor had its own blood supply.
For this surgery to work, Boulay asked the assistance of several colleagues, including a plastic surgeon. All in all, over ten surgeons and as many nurses and technicians participated in the woman’s surgery, which lasted for several hours.
Because of the tumor’s position, its weight, and the fact that the woman was just too weak to stand on her back, the surgeons actually had to place her on a side and wheel in a smaller surgical table next to her.
After a couple of hours, the surgeons managed to excise the gargantuan malignant tumor from the woman’s ovaries and to remove the excess skin and fat. The malignant tumor was sent to the morgue to be weighted and processed for pathology.
Fortunately, the woman’s pathology tests came out negative for any known type of cancer, which means that the woman no longer requires additional sessions of radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Clancey made a quick recovery and has recently received a clean bill of health from her doctors.
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