Nothing prepared Rajam Sivaraman, who had been experiencing severe abdominal pain for the past few months, for what the doctors found in her stomach.
Tests reveal that the 50-year-old had a 10kg tumor in her abdomen, the size of a football. SIMS Hospital doctors in Vadapalani, Chennai removed the mass in a challenging procedure performed earlier this week, and gave the woman a new lease of life.
Speaking on the surgery Dr S Rajasundaram, director and senior consultant - surgical oncology, said, "The tumor secreted a lot of jelly-like material which had engulfed the entire abdomen and caused significant breathlessness to the patient. After careful evaluation, we decided to perform a procedure called cytoreductive surgery with chemotherapy."
The surgery was carried for over 10 hours consisting of removing diseased portion in the abdominal cavity followed by circulating heated chemotherapeutic agents during surgery.
"This would ensure that drugs have maximum effect to control the tumor cells. The procedure results in prolonged survival of abdominal cancer patients," he said, adding that Rajam had recovered well and could go home soon.