RIVERVIEW, N.J. - Stomach pains sent a New Jersey woman to the emergency room and the source surprised even doctors.
CAT scans showed a 51-pound tumor growing in the 65-year old's stomach, blocking blood flow to her heart.
"She had extensive swelling in both of her lower extremities," explained Dr. David Dupree of Riverview Medical Center. "The blood just couldn't get back to the heart."
Evelyn, who only wanted to be identified by her first name, was rushed into surgery June 10. Doctors spent five hours removing the tumor.
Dr. Dupree told WWOR-TV that while there are between 11,000 and 12,000 new soft tissue sarcomas cases every year, "tumors like this are very rare."
"It was pretty scary," recalled Evelyn, "but I didn't want to scare everybody, like my husband or my son. So, I kind of kept a low profile on it."