CAIRO: Doctors at Faculty of Medicine at Al-Azhar University’s hospital successfully extracted a 10-kilogram (22 lb) tumor from a patient’s abdomen, Youm7 reported Thursday.
The patient came to the hospital complaining from indigestion and an increase in abdominal size. X-Rays and CT scans confirmed preliminary diagnosis that the patient was suffering from a large tumor in the abdomen.
The extracted tumor was a sebaceous cyst located behind the peritoneum.
Professor Hamed Badawy told Youm7 that the surgery lasted for two hours, and the extracted tumor was sent to the laboratory to determine if it was benign or malignant.
After the surgery, the patient was put in the intensive care for follow up, to avoid any complications. He was reportedly in a stable condition.
Badawy said that all hospitals that belong to Al-Azhar University are providing free of charge service to all patients.
Similar tumor removal surgeries have been successfully conducted; most of the reported cases were ovarian cancers.
Studies in Egypt in 2010 have found that ovarian cancer rates to be higher in urban compared to rural areas, according to a U.S. research paper titled “Ovarian Cancer Incidence: Current and Comprehensive Statistics.”
Earlier this month, in Oct. 2, a 12-kilogram (26.4 lb) tumor has been extracted from an elderly woman’s right ovary in South Luxor.
In April, a 65-year old woman underwent a surgery to extract both her ovaries and a 13-kilogram tumor in Upper Egypt’s governorate of Asyut.