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Viewers of Super Surgeons are amazed by doctor's skill after they remove 'huge' cancerous mass

Super Surgeons viewers were stunned last night when doctors removed a ‘massive’ cancerous tumor from a retiree’s stomach — after other professionals told him treatment was impossible.

Ian, 71, appeared on the Channel 4 show last night when he described how a mass had ‘gradually’ spread across his stomach and was now ‘the size of a rugby ball’.

He explained how he had been referred to palliative care after doctors told him it was ‘untreatable’ – but it was there that a nurse told him to get a second opinion from the Royal Marsden in London.

After surgeon Mr. Having asked Dirk Strauss to give him a ‘potential future’, the doctor proceeded to remove the entire tumor from Ian’s stomach.

Many of the audience was amazed at the skill involved in the complex operation, and someone said, ‘How does one train for something like this? Stunning.’

Super Surgeons viewers were stunned last night when doctors removed a 'huge' cancerous tumor weighing 1st from Ian's stomach, 71 - after other professionals told him treatment was impossible

Super Surgeons viewers were stunned last night when doctors removed a ‘huge’ cancerous tumor weighing 1st from Ian’s stomach, 71 – after other professionals told him treatment was impossible

After asking surgeon Dirk Strauss to give him a 'potential future', the doctor proceeded to remove the entire tumor from Ian's stomach - which was the size of a rugby ball.

After asking surgeon Dirk Strauss to give him a 'potential future', the doctor proceeded to remove the entire tumor from Ian's stomach - which was the size of a rugby ball.

After asking surgeon Dirk Strauss to give him a ‘potential future’, the doctor proceeded to remove the entire tumor from Ian’s stomach – which was the size of a rugby ball.

Meanwhile, another wrote: “Unbelievable – how they managed to remove a mass of that size.”

Ian appeared on the program and said: ‘My first encounter with cancer was actually a long time ago, when I was 23 and I was diagnosed with a testicular tumor.

“It didn’t stop me from being a man or doing what I want to do — it didn’t stop me from having children, which was a great loss.

“I’ve had 35 years and I’m grateful for that. If there’s a chance to get more of it, I’ll do it.’

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Many of those watching the program were amazed at the doctors’ “skill and empathy” – which they call “incredible.”

But he went on to describe how he had since developed a second type of cancer — a… fat sarcoma.

He said: ‘WWhen I first noticed it, it was about the size of a book and it’s gradually spreading. It is actually the size of a rugby ball.

“They did a biopsy and they decided it was this particular cancer.

“The team basically said, ‘We can’t do anything’ and concluded that it was untreatable. So we are actually working on palliative care.’

WHAT IS SARCOM?

Sarcomas are rare cancers that can grow anywhere in the body – on muscles, bones, tendons, blood vessels and fat tissue.

Bone sarcomas are rare, affecting about 670 people a year, but there are other types of bone cancer as well.

There are about 100 different types of sarcomas and about 5,300 people are diagnosed each year in the UK.

Sarcomas can be treated well if people catch them early, but many people aren’t diagnosed until their tumors are about the size of a can of beans.

Only slightly more than half of people with sarcomas (55 percent) survive five years or more after their diagnosis.

Symptoms of sarcomas may include bone pain, swelling or lumps, and limited movement if it grows near a joint.

Treatment may include typical cancer therapies, such as surgery, chemotherapy, or radiotherapy.

Source: Sarcoma UK

But once they started palliative care, Ian said it was another health care provider who advised getting a second opinion.

He said, “The nurse said very quickly, ‘You need to talk to Marsden, because they have some expertise in this area.’

Mr Strauss said: ‘As a surgeon, sarcomas are a fascinating profession.

‘It can affect both bone and soft tissue.

“It’s very, very rare. If you look at the UK, there are only 3,500 cases.”

He continued: ‘It is a very privileged situation to be able to help a patient with a rare and complex problem.

“Ian’s cancer is a very large tumor in the back of his abdomen.

‘It involves different organs – the liver and the right kidney are completely enveloped.

‘There is only one curative treatment, and that is an operation in which you have to remove the entire tumor, including the involved organs.

“That’s quite an undertaking, so we have to be very careful not to put the patient’s life at risk.”

At a meeting about the future operation, Mr. Strauss determined to make Ian aware of the risks.

He said it was a ‘complex and very invasive surgery’, adding: ‘The goal is to remove the entire tumor and organs – most likely a kidney and an intestine on the right side.

“I think we’re doing the right thing. However, all this is based on the verdict of the scans.

“We are sometimes surprised about the surgery and we find that it is not possible to remove the entire tumor because of the things it has grown into.”

However, Ian made it clear that he was determined to carry on despite Mr. Strauss’s warnings.

Mr Dirk Strauss was keen to emphasize to his patient that he could not guarantee that the surgery to remove the tumor would be a success

Mr Dirk Strauss was keen to emphasize to his patient that he could not guarantee that the surgery to remove the tumor would be a success

Mr Dirk Strauss was keen to emphasize to his patient that he could not guarantee that the surgery to remove the tumor would be a success

He said, ‘You give me a potential future, and that’s all I can ask for. Do your best, and I’ll be happy.’

Mr Strauss continues: ‘If we don’t do something about it, it will get bigger.

“You have to make sure that when you have someone undergoing major surgery, the risk is justified by the ability to cure them of the cancer.

“This is quite risky, but I think he has a chance to recover from this disease, so I think it’s the right decision.”

He explained that the first step of the surgery was to get to the tumor without cutting into it.

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Meanwhile, Ian said he was determined to go ahead with the surgery as it could present a “potential future.”

Mr Strauss said: ‘Surgeries always have inherent risks and sometimes things that can be done wrong.

‘It would be nice if everything always goes right, but sometimes things go wrong.’

After working his way around the blood vessels and various organs in Ian’s stomach, Mr. Strauss removed the tumor in his arms and passed it on to another member of the team.

He said, ‘This is actually the whole tumor – for reference, this is a ruler only 6 inches long.

“We have to put it on human scales. He weighs 7.5 kg.’

After working his way around the blood vessels and various organs in Ian's stomach, Mr. Strauss removed the tumor in his arms and passed it on to another member of the team.

After working his way around the blood vessels and various organs in Ian's stomach, Mr. Strauss removed the tumor in his arms and passed it on to another member of the team.

After working his way around the blood vessels and various organs in Ian’s stomach, Mr. Strauss removed the tumor in his arms and passed it on to another member of the team.

He added: It’s always a concern, especially when patients are turned away for surgery elsewhere, whether your judgment is correct.

“It’s a relief when it’s really possible to remove it completely and it all went well, so I’m really happy.”

‘From the scans and the blood test so far, it has been shown that I am free from cancer.’

Meanwhile, the doctor added, “We start with the goal of helping people, so when things go well, you’ll be proud of what you’ve been able to do for them.”

Many of the viewers were amazed by the program, with one writing: ‘In awe of these absolute heroes.’

Another wrote: ‘I am constantly amazed by the Super Surgeons’ skill and theatrical support, as well as the empathy/understanding they show their patients. Great series.’

“That was so inspiring to see how passionate the surgeons are about the future. There is always hope,” added another.

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