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Pregnant woman discovered she had a tumor ” as big as her baby

The 40-year-old Susan O’Flanagan was 20 weeks pregnant when the 14cm tumor was discovered on her right kidney during a routine ultrasound.

A pregnant woman had a huge scare when a scan showed she had a tumor “as big as her baby.”

During a routine ultrasound, doctors discovered a 5.5-inch mass on the right side of Susan O’Flanagan the kidneys. She was 20 weeks in the pregnancy.

The mother of London, described the discovery to SWNS.

“I had no symptoms of my cancer, so if I’m still not pregnant, I may not have been found until a later stage,” the grateful mother told SWNS.

( © Susan O’Flanagan / SWNS.com)

“It was only by chance that the sonographer saw the tumor because Archie was the wrong way,” she said, “so they need to have the ultrasound probe in position to measure his head.

“When she told me she had seen a mass there, I was so scared,” she added.

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Four weeks after giving birth to Archie, in June of last year, Susan had robotic surgery to remove her right kidney and the giant tumor.

( © Susan O’Flanagan / SWNS.com)

Doctors would have to wait until after the baby was born for the use of CT scans and a biopsy, to see if the tumor is cancer.

The 40-year-old told SWNS, “There was a chance that I would have to abort the pregnancy so that I could have surgery to remove the tumor quickly — it was a very worrying time.”

“Fortunately, regular MRI scans revealed that the tumor is not growing, so that teams at Guy’s and St Thomas’ decided that it was safe for me to continue with the pregnancy, while closely followed.”

They described SWNS what it was like to wear both the baby and the tumor.

“As the baby grew, and with the pressure of my tumor, it became increasingly uncomfortable and painful, and I felt sick.” She even added, “One of the scans even showed the baby is kicking the tumor.”

“I had no symptoms of my cancer, so if I’m still not pregnant, I may not have been found until a later stage,” the grateful mother said.

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While a typical pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks, the mother of three children, was induced at 34 weeks to give birth to Archie.

Four weeks later, in June of last year, Susan had robotic surgery to remove her right kidney and the giant tumor.

Surgeons used a robot “arms” to look down a small camera to see inside the patient and a 3D HD viewing while they operated.

Dr. Ben Challacombe, the urology surgeon at Guy’s and St Thomas’, said: “kidney cancer is very rare in a young woman, and this was more unusual still because Susan was pregnant.”

Susan is the cancer has not spread beyond her kidney, and her tests have come back all clear.

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