A Filipino’s tumor from his eye, bigger than the size of a golf ball, has been removed by doctors in Dubai.
The 50-year-old Filipino cement factory worker has a humongous rare tumor, a cancerous one called Adenocarcinoma, removed at the Canadian Specialist Hospital. According to a Khaleej Times report, the tumor had spread extensively, pushing itself up from the nasal passage of the eyes and up to the brain. He has been suffering from the symptoms for almost a year. His condition aggravated months ago with the symptoms becoming more severe as the tumor spread to his brain.
Dr. Haitham Morsi, specialist ENT-Rhinologist and Skull Base Surgeon at the Canadian Special Hospital, said that the patient’s situation could have turn critical if there was even a slight delay in the operation as his eye was almost bulging out of its socket, and the Filipino was already coughing blood. The man could no longer smell properly and was already having breathing issues when he arrived at the hospital.
“This was a dangerous situation as he had a big mass that was malignant and this required us to completely remove it as soon as possible to prevent it from spreading. Since we work in a multidisciplinary team at CSH, our oncologist advised us that there was no role for chemotherapy now since the tumor was very large. It was important to go for removal of the tumor first and chemotherapy could be done later to see if there was any residual of the tumor,” Dr. Morsi said.
Doctors perform the endoscopic (minimally invasive) procedure, where they removed the tumor from the patient’s nasal opening in around four hours.
“Although it was a big tumor, we did not make any cuts since it was done endoscopically. After the procedure, the shape of the nose is also normal, the eye has gone back to normal and the patient is looking and feeling good,” Dr. Morsi added.
“We have now scheduled him for chemo-and radiotherapy to ensure that even if there are any microscopic particles of the tumor left, they can be done away by therapies. The good part is that when the patient takes chemotherapy and radiotherapy after a complete removal surgery, the dosage of the medication is very small and the duration of the treatment is also short. I am glad that his eye now looks normal, he can breathe comfortably and soon his sense of smell will also return,” he further added.