200-pound Tumors?


Patients with gargantuan tumors, but intimidated by treatment cost, create the possibility that by the time they can afford an operation, the tumor itself will be heavier than the post-surgery patient. A 63-year-old man in Bakersfield, Calif., finally had surgery in August, after 14 years' waiting during which his set of tumors grew to 200 pounds. Bakersfield surgeon Vip Dev noted the sprawled tumors dragged the floor when the man sat and the surgery was complicated by the patient's shape, which couldn't be accommodated by the hospital's MRI and CT scan machines.

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