New Delhi: A team of Indian doctors has successfully removed a football-sized tumour weighing 3.2kg that was growing gradually in the chest cavity of a 39-year-old Russian patient.

The team, from Fortis Flt Lt Rajan Dhall Hospital in Vasant Kunj led by Dr Sabyasachi Bal, removed the ‘Pleural’ tumour that occupied a substantial amount of space around Emil Abdullaev’s right lung.

‘Pleural’ tumours are found in the cavity between the lungs and chest wall that contains lubricating pleural fluid.

“When the case was presented to us, it was clear that it would be extremely challenging. The cause behind such a growth is unknown. However, most of these tumours are benign and once excised completely, a relapse is highly unlikely,” said Bal, Director, Thoracic Onco Surgery at Fortis, in a statement on Friday.

Abdullaev was suffering for the past five years from breathlessness and immense discomfort. He had also undergone a series of comprehensive medical check-ups.

Before his visit to Fortis, the patient was scheduled to undergo a surgery in Russia.

However, the doctors aborted the surgery midway, fearing the procedure might be fatal. “We took the chance as the tumour was not infiltrating, making the excision successful. These tumours are not triggered by smoking. Nevertheless, the recovery in non-smokers is much faster and reaps better outcomes compared to that in a smoker,” Bal added.