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Doctors remove 4.2kg tumor from woman in Ho Chi Minh City

Thursday, December 03, 2015, 12:45 GMT+7
Doctors remove 4.2kg tumor from woman in Ho Chi Minh City
L.T.T., 61, is pictured with her giant tumor before the surgery.

A woman has recovered from surgery performed by doctors at Thong Nhat Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City to remove a giant tumor from her nape.

Doctors successfully carried out the surgery to remove a large tumor on the back of the neck of 61-year-old L.T.T., who comes from Binh Tan District, Dr. Bui Duc Nhien from the neurosurgery department said on Wednesday.

The tumor, weighing around 4.2kg, started at the back of her neck and grew down her lower body with a total length of 70 centimeters.

T. discovered the tumor 35 years ago when it was the size of a toe, before it started to increase in size, the patient said.

As the tumor grew abnormally big, her daughter took her to a major hospital in Ho Chi Minh City for diagnosis and treatment.

However, doctors claimed then that surgery could not be done as the tumor was in an area occupied by too many major nerves, leaving her to think that she would have to live with the abnormality for the rest of her life.

During her health examination at Thong Nhat Hospital in November, T. was transported to the infirmary’s neurosurgery department to have her tumor diagnosed.

After multiple consultations and examinations, doctors decided to carry out the surgery to remove her tumor on November 27.

The patient fully recovered on Wednesday, five days after the operation, saying that she felt much better as her daily activities are now much easier.

“I feel like I’ve been brought back from death,” T. said at the hospital.

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