Tucson woman's 47-pound tumor removed by Valley doctors

TUCSON - A Tucson woman underwent a 10-hour operation to remove a 47.5-pound tumor at The University of Arizona Medical Center.

A medical team at The University of Arizona Medical Center worked on Marcey DiCaro during the April 17 procedure, according to a release.

In 2011, DiCaro saw her belly get bigger, but told UAMC officials it was because of weight gain. She was diagnosed with the tumor in March of 2012 and had no health insurance.

By 2013, she had a medical plan and was scheduled for surgery, but the procedure fell through the night before the operation because of problems with her insurance, according to the release.

She then obtained insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act and underwent surgery.

According to UAMC officials, the tumor, a massive liposarcoma, invaded the largest vein in the body which had to be reconstructed during the operation.  

One of DiCaro’s kidneys was also removed along with her gall bladder, according to officials.

"If the tumor had been let go, it would have killed me," DiCaro said. 

“The surgery was quite challenging,” Dr. Tun Jie said. “This was a situation that was not easy to tackle and not all surgeons would have gone forward with it.”

DiCaro is back at home after a two-week hospital stay. 

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