- A Californian man weighed 300 pounds and had a huge "beer belly".
- The doctors found that his bowel was indeed a 77 kg cancerous tumor.
- The patient's surgeon said this was the biggest tumor he had seen.
Although 47-year-old Hector Hernandez rarely drank beer, he was constantly attracted to friends for having a "beer belly". The Californian resident reached 300 pounds before the doctors discovered his colon was actually a 77-pound tumor, the Washington Post reported .
Hernandez told the newspaper that he has done this has always been a great guy. But a few years ago, his stomach got bigger until he reached 300 pounds. He was also struggling with heartburn, constipation and shortness of breath. Initially, Hernandez & # 39; doctor removed these concerns, which is why Hernandez blamed his growing belly for gaining weight.
"I just thought I was fat," Hernandez told The Post .
Hernandez finally settled for a second opinion because his stomach was always heavy and hard. He was then diagnosed with a rare cancer called retroperitoneal liposarcoma. The cancer is typically asymptomatic until the tumor becomes very large, and then patients may experience abdominal pain, swelling and constipation, according to the Mayo Clinic. Hernandez is not the only one who confuses this type of tumor with stomach fat. In 2017, Kevin Daly, who lived in New Jersey, was baffled by why his stomach stayed large despite losing 34 pounds. It turned out that he also had a 30-pound liposarcoma tumor that was surgically removed.
Doctors are not sure what causes this type of cancer – which forms in fat cells – and surgery is often the best treatment to remove the mass.
Over the summer, Hernandez finally said goodbye to his "beer belly," thanks to surgeon William Tseng, oncologist and assistant professor at the University of Southern California, who had surgically removed the tumor.
Tseng has performed dozens of surgeries throughout his career to remove these tumors, which weigh approximately 20 to 30 pounds. Hernandez's tumor weighed 77 pounds.
"This is probably the biggest I've removed," he told the newspaper.
Hernandez now feels "completely different" after removing the tumor and relieved to learn the cause of his weight gain.
"I was really lucky," Hernandez told the newspaper. "I had a lot of support and prayers from family and friends," he said. "I finally left it in God's hands."