Indian musician gets a 22lb cancerous tumour cut out of his stomach


Indian musician gets a 22lb cancerous tumour cut out of his stomach after doctors warned agonising growth could have killed him

  • Arnab Mukherjee, 45, from Kolkata, suffered abdominal pain for three months 
  • His stomach expanded in size by four times and he went to hospital in the city 
  • Medics removed the retroperitoneum sarcoma in a four-hour surgery










An Indian musician had a 22lb cancerous tumour cut out of his stomach after doctors warned the growth could have killed him.

Arnab Mukherjee, 45, from Kolkata, was in severe abdominal pain for three months but local doctors failed to detect the tumour when he went for a check-up in August.

His stomach quadrupled in size and medics at Victoria Medical Center discovered the retroperitoneum sarcoma — a cancer in the connective tissue deep in the abdomen behind the kidneys.

The rugby ball-sized malignant tumour was pressed against his major organs and could have killed him if it was not removed.

Dr Makhan Lal Saha performed the four-hour surgery on October 2 with his daughter Priyanka Saha.

Arnab Mukherjee, 45, from Kolkata, had a 22lb cancerous tumour cut out of his stomach after doctors warned the growth could have killed him

Arnab Mukherjee, 45, from Kolkata, had a 22lb cancerous tumour cut out of his stomach after doctors warned the growth could have killed him

WHAT WAS THE WORLD’S LARGEST TUMOUR? 

Doctors removed what is believed to be the world’s largest tumour from a man’s leg – after it grew to more than 17 stone in 2014.

Yang Jianbin, now 44, from Shanxi Province, China was born with a dark birthmark on the right side of his lower back — and noticed it getting larger when he was nine.

By the time he was 12, it had increased to the size of a fist and he had surgery to remove it.

But despite medical intervention, it started to grow again and a hospital check in Beijing revealed that the tumour had increased to an enormous 110kg — more than 17 stone — before it was removed.

He said: ‘It was a very critical and rare case. 

‘The tumor wasn’t detected in very first step. It took several tests to understand.

‘The patient had life risk because tumor was so big in size.’

Mr Mukherjee is now being given cancer treatment to cure the remaining cancerous tissue and prevent the tumour returning. 

Dr Makhan, said: ‘The patient is stable and is having liquid food every two to three days.

‘It took almost four hours to remove it. It was a life-saving surgery. 

‘We successfully removed the tumour and no other organ was damaged or removed.

‘As the tumour was malignant he will now go through chemo[therapy] and other cancer related medication.’

Sarcomas are a rare type of cancer that develop in the connective tissues, including muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, tendons, blood vessels and the fatty and fibrous tissues.

Mr Mukherjee’s tumour was growing on his retroperitoneum, which is based in the area where major blood vessels, the kidneys, pancreas and bladder are located.

Retroperitoneal sarcomas often cause the abdomen to increase in size, although not usually to the extent of Mr Mukerjee’s.

Surgery is usually the main treatment for the cancer, which can involve taking part of the surrounding organs.  



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