For more than 15 years, Pennsylvania woman, Mary Clancy, kept gaining weight despite dieting. She had resigned and accepted that she was going to be a “plump old lady.” Her health was in a state of steady decline, which caused her son to convince her that she needed to go to the hospital to get checked.
What Pennsylvania doctors discovered while running tests was astounding and frightening. Doctors discovered that Clancy had a cyst on one of her ovaries, cysts on the ovaries are not uncommon, but when it grows to 140 pounds it is, reports the Chicago Tribune.
Doctors at Aleentown’s Lehigh Valley Health Network in Pennsylvania performed the surgical procedure necessary to remove the cyst. It was found to be cancerous, in stage 1. The surgery to remove the mass took five hours. The surgery was performed on November 10.
When Clancy arrived at the hospital she weighed 365 pounds. After the surgery, she was down 180 pound of tumor and tissue, which was close to half of her body weight. Clancy told local media that she could simply not imagine something that big.
Clancy, 71, who lives in St. Clair, Pennsylvania says that she had gone to doctors about her weight gain and they instructed her to watch what she ate. Standing only 5 feet tall, Clancy says she believed that she would spend the rest of her life being an old lady who was short, round, and fat, reports the New York Daily News.
Clancy says the tumor did not cause any real pain or discomfort. She joked that it had just made itself at home in there. However, the tumor had made it difficult for her to stand and walk by the time she finally decided to seek medical assistance.
The surgeon who performed the surgery, Dr. Richard Boulay, told the media that the mass was so big that it did not fit into the CT scan photos.
On Thursday, during a press conference at the hospital, Dr. Boulay said that the tumor was slowly killing Clancy.
Doctors had to set up a second table in the operating room to assist with the surgery. The table was placed beside the one Clancey was on so that the mass could be removed without the risk of rupturing.
Dr. Boulay states that the tumor was made up mainly of water. He added that the tumor was “slippery and nasty.”
Clancy spent nearly a month in recovery at the Pennsylvania hospital. She is now back home where she is working hard to regain her balance as a skinnier woman.
Today Clancy weighs less than 150 pounds and says that she “feels great,” reports the Post-Gazette. Pennsylvania doctors state that Clancy is now cancer free and should not need any further treatments.
By Tammy Marie Rose
Photo Courtesy Lehigh Valley Health Network