Tumors of the Spleen

Tumours of the Spleen
Tumors of the Spleen
By Dr. Lee Ser Yee
The spleen is part of the body’s lymphatic and immune system. One of the spleen’s main jobs is to filter blood. It regulates the red blood cells, platelets and breaks down and remove cells that are abnormal, old, or damaged. The spleen also stores red blood cells, platelets, and infection-fighting white blood cells.

The spleen plays an important role in the immune system response. When it detects bacteria, viruses, or other germs in your blood, it produces white blood cells(lymphocytes) to fight off these infections.

The spleen sits in the upper left part of the abdomen, behind your left ribcage, above and behind the stomach. This fist-size and shaped organ can become significantly larger when a person is sick or injured.

Tumours of the spleen are very rare and occasionally detected during a scan for other reasons. Cells within the spleen can become cancer, grow as benign tumours and rarely, cancer from elsewhere can spread and deposit in the spleen as secondary cancers.

Primary cancers of the spleen

  • Lymphoma
  • Angiosarcoma

Benign tumours of the spleen

  • Hemangioma
  • Lymphangioma
  • Hamartoma
  • Inflammatory pseudotumor
  • Splenic cyst

Secondary cancers to the spleen

  • Melanoma
  • Breast cancer & Ovarian cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Colon & stomach cancer
  • Pancreas cancer
Dr Lee Ser Yee
Dr Lee Ser Yee
Senior Consultant Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgeon

MBBS, MMed (Surgery), MSc, FAMS, FRCSEd

Prior to private practice, liver surgeon Dr Lee Ser Yee was a founding member and Senior Consultant at the Department of Hepatopancreatobiliary (HPB) and Transplant Surgery at Singapore General Hospital (SGH). He served as the Director of the Laparoscopic programme and the Director of the Surgical Skills Training Program and the SingHealth Surgical Skills Centre.

He started his medical training at the National University of Singapore in 1996 and completed his training in General Surgery, HPB surgery and Liver Transplantation at SGH and National Cancer Centre, Singapore.

He also completed dual USA-fellowships in Advanced Laparoscopic HPB surgery and Liver Transplantation under Professor Daniel Cherqui at the New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center and a Complex Surgical Oncology clinical fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Doctor Lee Ser Yee