Tumour the size of a melon removed in delicate operation at Scunthorpe Hospital

A man who lived with a tumour the size of a melon on his neck for more than 20 years has undergone surgery to remove it at Scunthorpe Hospital.

Tuesday, 24th May 2016, 9:59 am
Updated Tuesday, 24th May 2016, 10:58 am
Ian Crow who lived with a tumour for 20 years before removal at Scunthorpe Hospital

Ian Crow, 66, of Ashby, underwent surgery to remove the lump which weighed a whopping 1.2kg and is believed to be the third largest in the world of its kind.

His surgeon, Mr Ganapathy Dhanasekar, ENT and thyroid consultant, said: “The tumour was what we call a pleomorphic adenoma, which is a benign tumour of the parotid salivary gland. It was a slow growing tumour, the size of which presented us with quite a challenge.”

Ian Crow who lived with a tumour for 20 years before removal at Scunthorpe Hospital

Mr Crow lived with the slow growing tumour for 24 years and described it as ‘a part of him’.

He said: “It started growing in 1992 but I’d got used to it after all those years, it was a part of me that grew with me. I’d come to accept it but in the end I did get fed up of it and wanted it removing. It never hurt, I was able to sleep fine and the only time it really bothered me was in the summer. When I got to retirement age though I felt it was time for it to go.”

After a biopsy test and a number of scans Mr Crow underwent a two-hour operation to remove the tumour.

Speaking of the operation he said: “I’m most grateful to Mr Dhanasekar. He explained everything to me at every step of the way. I’m really surprised at how well the scar has healed, he’s done a good job.”

Ian Crow who lived with a tumour for 20 years before removal at Scunthorpe Hospital

Mr Dhanasekar added: “I’m pleased that he is happy with the result. It was a challenge, but it all went very well and the scar is healing nicely and the most important thing is that the tumour was benign. He doesn’t need any more treatment now and it was great to be able to offer this treatment locally for him.”

Mr Dhanasekar was assisted in the procedure by Mr Stephen Crank, maxillofacial consultant at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.