A man who assumed he had a beer belly had in fact a 30-pound cancerous tumour growing inside him.
Kevin Daly sought medical advice after he lost 34 pounds only for his protruding stomach to remain visibly present.
Late last year, the 63-year-old underwent a CAT scan which revealed the enormous tumour inside his abdomen.
He was diagnosed with liposarcoma, a cancer caused by a development in the fact cells of soft tissue.
Due its fatty tissue appearance liposarcoma is often hard to diagnose. What’s worse, it’s a condition that requires immediate treatment.
His tumour turned out to be the largest that medical staff at Manhattan’s Lennox Hill Hospital had ever removed.
They believe the growth of the tumour occurred over the course of 10 to 15 years.
One surgeon, Dr, Julio Teixeira, said:
It’s one thing to see the picture. It’s another thing to actually have it in your hands.
Before the surgery my left descending colon was pushed under my sternum. I could it through my skin to make my food digest.
The exact cause of liposarcoma is still not known but it’s thought to be linked to a mutation in fat cells.
As per Sarcoma:
Liposarcoma develops from the fat cells found all over the body. It can occur anywhere throughout the body but most commonly on the trunk, limbs and in the retroperitoneum.There are three main types of liposarcoma: well-differentiated, pleomorphic, and myxoid liposarcoma.
Liposarcoma occurs mainly in adults and is very rare in people under the age of 30.
The earlier sarcoma is diagnosed the better the chances of successful treatment. Sarcomas are usually found by a patient when a lump appears on the leg, arm or trunk. They can also be found during an investigation of other symptoms or during a routine operation.
In a lot of cases, surgery is the first treatment method used for sarcoma – sometimes with additional radiotherapy or chemotherapy. The surgeon will remove the tumour and will aim to take out an area of normal tissue around it too; this is known as taking a margin. It allows any cancer cells that are not visible to the naked eye to be removed along with the tumour which can reduce the risk of the cancer coming back.
Sarcoma cancer can reappear in the same area after the treatment of a previous tumour, in what is called a ‘local recurrence.’
If the cancer does reappear, it is vital to get treated as soon as possible. This could involve further surgery and/or radiotherapy.
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