A team of surgeons at Stanley Government
Hospital, Tamil Nadu, South India, removed a 3kg tumor from a 48-year-old's
Dennis from Pottapuzhi in Kanyakumari district was
suffering from breathlessness and fatigue for several months. It progressively
worsened over the last six months. Tests done in Kanyakumari found that he had
a large, solid tumor in his right chest. He was then admitted to the
cardiothoracic surgery department at Stanley hospital.
"Tests revealed that the tumor was occupying almost the whole of the right
side of his chest and compressing the right lung leading to difficulties in
breathing," said Dr K Dhamodaran, who was part of the surgical team.
"The patient was operated on July 13, 2015 and all precautions were taken to
deal with a difficult intubation and management of large volume blood
loss," said the doctor.
In a surgery that lasted for more than two hours, doctors removed the tumor
completely thus preserving the patient's right lung.
Doctors said Dennis had a smooth and uneventful recovery in the post-operative
period and would be discharged soon. Dean of Stanley Medical College Hospital
Dr Isaac Christian Moses said, "Removal of such giant-sized tumors can be
a challenging task as it involves a lot of complications. Moreover, it can be a
very expensive affair for a patient if it is done at a private hospital. It
would cost several lakhs of rupees."