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Associated Press

PIKEVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina man is celebrating successful cancer surgery in an unusual way: by seeking world record status for the tumor doctors removed from his abdomen.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Eugene Tyner of Pikeville has applied to the Guinness Book of World Records for the status of heaviest cancerous kidney ever removed.

In a four-hour surgery, doctors removed the kidney, which had grown to the size of a cantaloupe because of a huge malignant tumor. At 11 ounces, the tumor weighed more than twice the normal weight of a kidney.

It was roughly the size of a cantaloupe.

The 31-year-old former prison guard says he's pursuing the record to solidify his victory over the cancer that nearly killed him.

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