The patient first reported the tumor in November, and since then it has been rapidly growing at about 10 pounds per week.
“During the surgery, we removed this gigantic tumor that originated from her left ovary. We removed her left ovary, her left tube, and we removed the affected peritoneal tissue that was adhering to the ovary,” according to Dr. Vaagn Andikyan, a gynecologic oncologist for Western Connecticut Health Network.
The non-cancerous tumor originated in the cell lining the ovary. And technically the benign growth did not go beyond the ovary. It, however, was threatening the patient’s life because of compressing blood vessels stated officials.
“There were a lot of issues related to this very large tumor in the abdomen. She can’t eat, she can’t walk, and there are problems related to potential complications with this large mass compressing the venous system,” according to Dr. Linus Chuang, chairman of obstetrics and gynecology for Western Connecticut Health Network.
Believe it or not, it wasn’t the most massive tumor on record. In 1991, a 303-pound ovarian tumor was removed by surgeons of Stanford Hospital.
Along with the 132-pound tumor in this latest case, 6 pounds of abdominal wall tissue and stretched out skin caused by the growth were removed.
Chuang warns that ovarian cancer is very deadly if not found very early.