DOWNEY, Calif. ̵
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According to The New York Times, Hector Hernandez, 47, of Downey, California, could not figure out why he kept gaining weight despite drinking alcohol , exercising and switching to a vegetable diet.
"I just thought I was fat," he said.
A doctor said the same during a 2016 checkup, Hernandez said. But after getting another opinion in 2017, he found surgical oncologist dr. William Tseng with the University of Southern California.
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Hernandez was surprised to learn that he had a "retroperitoneal liposarcoma, a cancer that starts in the fat Cells at the back of the abdomen, "according to a USC news release. The tumor weighed 77 pounds.
In July 2018, Tseng removed the tumor in a six-hour surgery.
"It was very gratifying to see him and after he was back at the size he was four or five years ago," Tseng said. After all, that's a big thing. "
Hernandez said he's almost back to his old self.
"Oh my God, I feel great," he told the Times.
Friends and family members have started a GoFundMe campaign for Hernandez. Learn more here.
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