We just received feedback of a successful result in the management of an exceptionally rare cancer in an infant in Hospital No. 2, Ho Chi Minh City, last November
The child had been born with an exceptionally rare cancer (choriocarcinoma) passed on in the womb from her mother who had the same cancer. The baby had several massive liver tumours that were causing some breathing difficulties because of their size. In addition these enormous tumours were so large that the baby’s heart which was having to work too hard pumping large volumes of blood to the tumours. Dr Mark Ryan, our interventional cardiologist, inserted coils into the patient’s liver to block the blood supply to the tumours, thereby shrinking the tumours and relieving the pressure on the child’s breathing and on the child’s heart. This facilitated definitive treatment of the tumour with chemotherapy. The child responded and is doing well as we write this.