An Indian woman, who lived with a football-sized tumor on her face for 25 years, has gotten a new lease on life.

Doctors removed the massive parotid tumor from the side of Lakhmani Devi's face, which weighed more than 4 pounds, Agence-France Presse reported Monday.

"It was made of solid tissue and was the largest I have come across in all the medical books," K.K. Handa, the operating surgeon at New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences, told AFP on Monday.

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"The patient was told by doctors in her village that she would die if it was removed so she coped with it for decades.”

Doctors said the 67-year-old is eating well and should make a full recovery.

Salivary gland tumors are abnormal cells growing in the ducts that drain the salivary glands. The most common type is a slow-growing tumor of the parotid gland, according to the National Institutues of Health. This is usually a noncancerous growth that gradually increases the size of the gland. However, some of these tumors can be cancerous (malignant), the NIH said on its Web site.

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