For several months, Californian Hector Hernandez saw that his stomach grows and grows so much that it does not allow him to bend over to tie up his shoes. but the fact that they all attributed to the animal "brewer" turned out to be an aggressive 77-pound tumor, the largest of which his doctors have ever seen.
“I just thought he was fat. “I've always been a big guy,” says Hernandez. New York Times for about a year and a half that he lived without knowing the true reason for his supposed fatness, the time in which He heard all the comments,
Once at the warehouse, a man approached him, grabbed his stomach and told him not to drink, because it was bad for him. “I just laughed and told him that I didn't drink”, refers to Time.
He did not eat too much either, but he continued to try a plant-based diet to see if he could lower his stomach. It was all in vain. Soon after It looked like a “beach ball” that bothered him even when he sat down at work at his desk.
The 47-year-old man was already suffering from constipation, heartburn and shortness of breath at the time, so he decided to consult the doctor who replied that "some people just gain weight in different ways",
But due to the fact that his stomach was still heavy and firm to the touch, he decided to seek a second opinion.
He never thought what would be the diagnosis: liposarcoma, a strange form of cancer that arises from fat cells and that has become a giant tumor in the stomach,
77 pounds, “the biggest thing I've seen,” Tseng tells the New York Times interview, explaining that usually these tumors weigh between 20 and 30 pounds,
So great that he basically “swallowed” one of Hernandez’s kidneys, which had to be removed during a six-hour surgery. The good news is that the tumor has not spread to other organs.
but it is very likely that the sarcoma will return, even more aggressively. Doctors have not yet managed to understand why these types of tumors are original, how to prevent them, and the only solution for their treatment is surgery.
Hernandez is currently recovering and raising funds to pay for medical expenses through the GoFundMe campaign.
It remains positive: “I feel great, I think I just need to strengthen myself”, exclaims.
Liposarcomas do not just appear in the stomach. They can also be formed behind the knee or on the thigh and, less commonly, on the neck, vulva or armpit.
They are very rare. Its incidence is 1 per 100,000 people and usually affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60 years.
Like Hernandez, most people with liposarcoma don't get sickThe tumor (which may be hard or soft to the touch) is not painful. Physical examination is the first stage of diagnosis.
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