Cancer

18 August 2008

Boy has 5kg tumour removed

Jordanian doctors on Sunday removed a five-kilogramme (11-pound) cancerous tumour from a two-year Iraqi refugee boy's kidney.

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Jordanian doctors on Sunday removed a five-kilogramme (11-pound) cancerous tumour from a two-year Iraqi refugee boy's kidney, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

"After a complicated five-hour surgery, we managed to remove the rare cancerous tumour, which represented 40 percent of the child's weight," said Khalil Ghandur of Al Hussein Cancer Centre in Amman.

Another doctor, Iyad Sultan, said the boy was in good health, adding that his chances of a full recovery were "very high."

The child, whose name was not disclosed, contracted cancer in Iraq when he was eight months old, Petra said. "He underwent chemotherapy for a while before doctors in Iraq stopped it because of lack of improvement," the agency added.

UN and other experts have warned that pollution is the main cause for a rise in cancer in Iraq. – (Sapa, August 2008)

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