Vietnamese doctors remove 20-kilo tumor from woman's armpit

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Y To, 72, in Kon Tum Province with her 20-kilo tumor. Photo courtesy of Tuoi Tre

Doctors from Ho Chi Minh City worked with their colleagues in the Central Highlands on Tuesday to save a woman from a 20-kilogram tumor that has burdened her for nearly eight years.

They said the tumor had grown to a giant 40x60 centimeters in the right armpit of Y To, a 72-year-old member of the Ba Na community in Kon Tum Province.

It was going to cause necrosis to her arm and threaten her life, doctors said.

The operation took the visiting doctors from Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and experts from Kon Tum General Hospital three hours.

Doctor Vo Van Thang, director of the Kon Tum hospital, said the tumor had changed the structure of veins and nerves around the armpit and thus the operation required doctors' patience and attention.

The surgery was also a challenge for an old patient, Thang said.

To became stable later the same day.

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