57-pound tumor removed from Vietnamese woman's uterus

By Minh Hung, Thanh Nien News

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Doctors from the Ho Chi Minh City Oncology Hospital have removed a massive tumor from the uterus of a 52-year-old woman.
Huynh Thi Phuong of HCMC's neighbor province of Dong Nai was admitted to the hospital with breathing problem, appetite loss and difficulties in walking due to the enlarged abdomen, Doctor Le Hoang Minh told Thanh Nien News late Monday.
“We decided to conduct an emergency surgery because the tumor was threatening her life,” he said.
Doctors removed the 26kg (57lb) uterine tumor, with a diameter of half a meter, which they said to be sarcoma -- a tumor of the soft tissues.
Phuong said she had been examined for the tumor more than four years ago but she did not have it removed due to financial difficulties and fears of surgeries.
According to Minh, doctors at the hospital have removed massive tumors from many patients, and this is one of the largest tumors they have ever removed.
“Women should have a gynecological examination every six month to detect early problems for earlier and easier treatment,” he said.
“Late detection causes difficulties in treatment, which is longer, more costly and also carries higher recurrence risks.”

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