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  • I am terrified.

    About a week ago I started to get some uncomfortable pain in my scrotum, lower abdomen and lower back. At the time of writing this, I am having some very unpleasant pain.

    I decided to self examine myself. I felt a hard bump at the bottom point of my right testicle. I am embarresed to say this, but I am very sexually active. I masturbate regularly and have sex regularly. I started to realise that something was wrong just after I masturbated. I felt a pain in my right testicle and my lower abdomen. I am very afraid that it's cancer. I am terrified.

    My close friend was diagnosed with testicular cancer and got his testicle removed. He is having chemo therapy at the moment.

    I am very afraid, because he lost all he's hair. Is that going to happen to me?

    I am 22 years old.

    Can someone please advise me? How is the test for cancer done and what kinda treatment can I expect?

    I think I have cancer in my testicle. I am just too afraid to believe it.

  • #2
    Testicular cancer is almost always cured. Hair loss from chemotherapy is only temporary.

    The first step is to get this lump checked out by your doctor or a urologist. There are possibilities that occur much more often than cancer.

    Get that appointment made first thing tomorrow, and let us know how you're doing.
    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
      I am going to make an appointment tommorow. I
      think it's the hairloss thing that scares me to death. Isn't there a way to avoid that, like another type of treatment?

      I am studying for a degree now at college. You can imagine how devistated I will feel if I lose my hair. The thing is, everybody knows my friend who has cancer and that he has no hair due to that. If I start to lose it, I will never be able to look those people in the eye. I am a fairly good looking guy and I am conscious about the way I look. I have a girlfriend too. She doesn't know about all of this yet.

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      • #4
        Hi galloe123.

        TC is rare.

        50% of those getting it, are cured by orchiectomy alone (no further treatment).

        The other half gets either Radiation or Chemo therapy (I'm not sure of the percentages, anyone?)

        Only the chemo guys loose their hair.

        The hair comes back - mine is beautifull again!

        Get checked.

        Best wishes
        Jens
        Embryonal carcinoma, stage II,
        3 x BEP, apr - june 2005
        Surveillance

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        • #5
          Originally posted by galloe123
          I think it's the hairloss thing that scares me to death. Isn't there a way to avoid that, like another type of treatment?
          Chances are good you have something other than cancer. If you do but you've caught it early, chemotherapy may not be necessary. If chemotherapy is necessary, losing your hair temporarily may seem like a big deal, but it is really a small price to pay for getting your life back.
          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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          • #6
            I have great news!! I was at the doctor and I have no signs of cancer.
            Big relief. It seems that I had some sort of an infection in the epididymis.

            The doctor helped me out with some medication. It was a big relief though.

            thank you for the replies.

            Regards,
            Galloe123

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            • #7
              galloe,
              That is great news! I do not in any way want to be a cloud in your sky (don't you hate it when prople preface things like that?), but if you did not have an ultrasound or bloodwork and the symptoms do not go away with the meds please revisit your doctor! Chances are an infection is all it is and you will be fine and all this forgotten in a few weeks (but DON'T forget to do those monthly self exams!!) Best wishes!
              Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.

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