If you have lost a considerable amount of weight but still retain a beer belly, you may want to go the doctor and check that out as it could turn out to be a cancerous tumor. Kevin Daly, a 63-year-old financial planner from Hoboken, New Jersey, was diagnosed with liposarcoma, which is cancer that develops in the fat cells of the soft tissue after he did not lose his big belly after losing 34 pounds and convinced his doctor to do a CAT scan to see what was the matter. The size of the tumor was about the size of a beach ball.
In 2015, Daly lost weight after he underwent an open-heart surgery but he and his wife, Rachelle, were then concerned when Daly’s stomach did not flatten. Although his insurance provider objected a CAT scan, Daly convinced Dr. Varinder Singh at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan to perform one. During the surgery to remove the tumor, the doctors discovered the tumor to be three times larger than they had originally thought and wrapped around one of Daly’s kidneys.
Dr. Julio Teixeira, who was Daly’s surgeon, said it was the largest tumor the doctors had ever removed.
It’s one thing to see the picture. It’s another thing to actually have it in your hands.
If he had not convinced his doctor to perform a CAT scan on him, he may not have survived. Doctors believed the tumor grew to the size it did for 10 to 15 years and were surprised that it did not cause anything in his body to fail. Because his tumor did cause any other symptoms in his body, doctors had a difficult time detecting it. In most cases, the tumor looks like a fatty tissue, commonly found in the abdomen and limbs, which makes it hard to diagnose, but can be quickly detected once the tumor causes other parts in the body to fail.
Now, after the surgery, Daly’s beer belly has flattened and his organs have returned to their normal position.
Before the surgery, my left descending colon was pushed under my sternum. I could touch it through my skin to make my food digest.
[via NY Post]