4 Kilogram Rare Cancerous Tumor Successfully Removed from Young Patient

  • 45-year-old patient successfully undergoes surgical removal of a 4 kg rare cancer tumor at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai.
  • A team of 5 specialized surgeons and doctors worked together to successfully remove 20 cm diameter liver tumor caused by Lymphoma.

Dubai, UAE (15/11/2021): After experiencing severe abdominal pain,a 45-year-old patient was diagnosed with an unusual cancerous tumor that was extremely large in size. The tumor, which was approximately 20 cm in diameter and weighed approximately 4 kgs, was successfully removed by a team of 5 surgeons at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai.

The patient was on his way home when he started experiencing severe abdominal pain that kept getting worse. He then decided to visit the nearest hospital, Al Zahra Hospital Dubai, to avoid any incidents and detect the problem.  Once there, he immediately visited the ER, where assessments and evaluations were done, and surprisingly a very large tumor was detected.

Through imaging tests, doctors were able to detect a huge mass in the abdomen, which was then diagnosed as Lymphoma in the liver. Primary Liver Lymphoma is an exceptionally unusual and rare tumor, especially in such young patients. If not detected at an early stage, it could potentially spread leading to serios complications.

The case was undertaken by Dr. Mahmoud Tabbal, Head of the Surgery Department and Consultant Hepatobiliary Surgeon and Dr. Gokhan Cipe, European and Turkish Board-certified General Surgeon and Head of Robotic Surgery at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai.

Luckily, the patient had a good prognosis, and the tumor was detected at an earlier stage. He was diagnosed with a nonmetastatic lymphoma that primarily appeared in the liver with a high rate of cure. Lymphoma is cancer of the lymphatic system and rarely localizes in the liver. It is extremely rare and in the patient’s case the tumor was also extremely large, requiring an open surgery and a team of 5 specialized surgeons to successfully remove it.Dr. Mahmoud Tabbal, Head of the Surgery Department at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai

The doctors were able to remove the massive tumor successfully, finding that the lymphoma has localized in the abdomen and created a 4 kg tumor.

“When I first went to the hospital, because of the abdominal pain, I was not at all expecting a tumor let alone cancer. The news came as a shock to me, but thankfully I was in the hands of significant doctors, and I believe they helped me greatly through this journey. I had a quick recovery, and I barely experienced any pain, the stitches were clean as well and there was no bleeding, even though it was an open surgery. The doctors also gave me great support after the surgery, helping me with my mental state. I visited the doctors for follow ups on almost a daily basis which was exceptionally helpful for my mental health.”  H.I., Patient at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai

As a surgeon what we saw with this patient is a one in a lifetime medical case. It is very rare to find such a tumor in the liver and it typically has a poor prognosis, which was not the case with our patient. Additionally, the patient did not have any history of cancer or liver disease and is not within the age range of Lymphoma, making it even more unique. The treatment went remarkably well, the surgery was a success, and the patient had a quick recovery.” Dr. Gokhan Cipe, Head of Robotic Surgery in Al Zahra Hospital Dubai

In addition to surgery, the patient received a multi-faceted treatment plan to help him recover completely. The team of doctors discussed his diagnosis with the tumor board to ensure that the patient receives all the care he needs including consistent follow ups to guarantee that the patient is improving both physically and mentally and rituximab, which is a form of maintenance therapy done to reduce the chances of recurrence.

The patient fully recovered and was discharged from the hospital after just 4 days of surgery.


Boiler Plate – Al Zahra Hospital Dubai:

Al Zahra Hospital Dubai – is a leading healthcare provider in the UAE and a milestone in the country’s healthcare sector, with the brand breaking ground in 1975, as the first private healthcare provider. The hospital is located in Dubai, on Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Barsha, catering to local and international patients with over 200 Doctors and more than 40 medical specialties. Accredited by the Joint Commission International, the hospital holds various distinguished credentials, with centers of excellence ACL and Rotator CUFF injuries.

Dedicated to delivering world class healthcare, the hospital is a leader in implementing technological advancements and medical practices, housing the region’s first advanced 3 Tesla MRI & the first private Hyperbaric Oxygenation Chamber. In 2016, Al Zahra Hospital Dubai was the first hospital to introduce water birthing followed by the first hospital to adopt the Versius Surgical Robotics System in 2021.

In 2020, the hospital received two JCI accreditations for the Breast Cancer and Heart Attack centers.

Some of the most sought-after services at Al Zahra Hospital Dubai include- Cardiology, Oncology, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Spine Surgery, Joint Replacement, Interventional Medicine, Maternity, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Internal Medicine & more.