A Californian who for years has heard friends teasing him about his "beer belly" when he was not drinking, now weighs over 100 pounds less after discovering during the summer that the Overweight was actually a huge cancerous tumor. Hector Hernandez, who had asked for help in July, knew something was wrong because, as his stomach continued to grow, his legs and arms became thinner, CBS Los reported. Angeles.
His family urged him to seek help and, when he finally did, a scan revealed the massive tumor, later identified as a retroperitoneal liposarcoma, a cancer that originated in the fat cells of the abdomen, according to a HSC release.
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Hernandez surgeon, William Tseng, sarcoma expert and associate professor of clinical surgery at the USC's Keck School of Medicine, said the 24-kg tumor was the biggest it's ever been removed from his career.
"It's the standard in surgical oncology to remove a cancerous mass, but a large tumor will almost certainly come into contact with other important organs and sometimes important blood vessels," Tseng said in a HSC press release. "The question then is whether these should also be removed."
The operation lasted six hours and, just one week later, Hernandez weighed more than 30 pounds.
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"It was very rewarding to see his pictures before and after and to see him again at the height he had four or five years ago," Tseng said in a press release. "Being able to take it out safely and see it enjoy a good quality of life afterwards is a big thing."