NEW YORK — It took seven hours, but Milton Wingert is tumor-free and nearly seven pounds lighter after having a soccer ball-sized malignancy removed from his neck, CNN reported.
Wingert, 81, spent six months exploring his options before choosing Dr. Nazir Khan, a head and neck surgeon at Mount Sinai Hospital, to perform the delicate procedure, People magazine reported.
"I know that he's going to need further therapy, and so my training has made me cautiously optimistic in a way, because I know he still has a road to go," Khan told CNN, adding, "I'm happy for him because I know that he was very scared before the surgery...it was a relatively quicker surgery than we anticipated. We didn't have to do a reconstruction, and he did well."
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