One day, Mallory Hummer noticed a strange bump on her wrist. Pathology reports revealed she had a giant cell tumor of the tendon sheath. In January 2017, she had it removed and a short time later, she was ready to start her family and became pregnant with twins. Once pregnant, the tumor began to grow back quickly and the pathology report showed a very rare, aggressive tumor called Epithelioid Sarcoma.
Mallory quickly got in to the Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Medical Center to see orthopedic oncologist, Dr. Daniel Lerman, plastic surgeon, Dr. David Schnur and the multi-disciplinary team. Dr. Lerman did a surgical bed excision essentially taking out everything the tumor was touching. Dr. Schnur took a piece of her gracilis muscle from her thigh, put it in her wrist and did a skin graft. Mallory was able to maintain functionality for everyday life and for her most important role- - being an amazing mother to her 6-month old twins.