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  • How early is early??

    Hi everyone, i just wanted to know what is meant by catching the cancer early?

    Obviously i understand that dealing with the problem early is essential and will prevent it from spreading elsewhere. But i dont know what is categorised as being early. Are we talking months , a couple of years or does it all depend on the growth of the type of cancer?

    I am a little bit concerned as i noticed i was a little bit sensitive in my left testicle for about 4 years, but assumed that it was normal to be sensitive in that region. I also thought that the very small lump was just a part of my anatomy and wasnt sure. It didnt seem to get much bigger over the 4 or so years.

    I know i should have checked it sooner at the doctors but i just really didnt think it was anything to worry about.

    Has anyone any views on this ?

  • #2
    Generally, "catching it early" means "before it has a chance to spread," with no particular length of time implied.
    Scott, [email protected]
    right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since

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    • #3
      Early meaning in stage 1....
      Moffitt Cancer Institute
      Diagnosed/Left I/O 9/18/2004--Non-Seminoma/Stage IIIC--3X B.E.P chemo--3X T.I.P. Salvage chemo---Abdominal [email protected] 34cmX 24.5cmX 17.5cm---4/19/2005 --RPLND/Left Kidney,8 1/2lb Abdominal tumor,42 nodes removed---7/16/2005 Remission/Surveillance---Severe Peripheral Neuropathy--


      • #4
        cheers Guys.
        Don , youve really been through quite a lot. When did you realise that something was up. Was it a small lump or was it something that seemed to grow quickly and how soon after did you go to the doctor about it?