51-Pound Tumor Removed From New Jersey Woman’s Stomach (Photo)
A 51-pound cancerous tumor was successfully removed from a woman’s belly in New Jersey last month.
The 65-year-old woman identified as Evelyn Dupree had her 51-pound tumor removed from her stomach last June 4, after she became eligible for health insurance.
The Union Beach, New Jersey resident began to notice her stomach growing in late April but told CBS New York she wasn’t in any pain and was perplexed that her normally slim body kept getting rounder.
“We were kidding about it, of course. But we didn’t know it that it was something really, really serious,” she said.
Evelyn who usually weights around 120 pounds, watched her weight tip over the 170-pound mark by the time she was eligible for treatment for her tumor.
When Evelyn did see a doctor, a CT scan revealed the enormous fast growing tumor called a sarcoma that weighed in at 51 pounds.
The growth of the tumor, which doctors said was crushing one of the main veins that carries blood to the heart, was so large and life-threatening that surgeons were forced to remove the tumor prior to the woman’s scheduled operation.
“She was a skinny lady with a huge belly. I mean it looked like she was literally pregnant with triplets. The size was something I’d never seen,” said Dr. David Dupree at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, New Jersey.
“The reason she didn’t go earlier was because she had no insurance. We both literally had to hold our hands together to lift this 51-pound tumor out,” he added, noting that that it required two surgeons using both hands to remove the growth from the woman’s body.
During the five-hour surgery, doctors found the 51-pound tumor which appeared to have originated out of the fatty tissue around her large intestine, had engulfed many of her internal organs, and had to be sliced away one millimeter at a time.
When asked how she felt about Dr. Dupree, Evelyn smiled and replied, “I love him to pieces.”
Currently, Evelyn was still recovering from the operation in a rehabilitation center. Despite the successful removal of the tumor, doctors advised her to consult an oncologist to determine if all traces of cancer have been removed from her body.