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  • Advice, please!

    (Hopefully you can understand me, because English is not my original language...)

    My left testicle (which is higher than the right since my childhood) feels more heavier than the other. I feels like a bit like a hard boiled egg. I can't notice any lumps and can move the testicle very easy. However, it's larger and heavier than de right one.
    Don't know for how long this is going on. Just noticed it this weekend and never did any self-examination before , so I can't compare.
    Because of a epididymitis, I had an ultrasound-examination 6 months ago and then everything was OK.
    Should I worry know because of the differences between the two testicles?
    Last edited by QuintenvG; 04-18-06, 06:51 PM. Reason: another headline

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    QuintenvG: It's normal for one testicle to be lower then the other. The feeling of heaviness shouldn't be there, I would get another ultrasound just to be on the safe side.
    Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

    Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.

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    • #3
      Did they give you any indication of why this was happening and have you had any other symptoms besides the abnormal size??? I would also go to the doctor again if the problem persists!!!!!!
      Moffitt Cancer Institute
      CANCER SUCKS
      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--

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      • #4
        No, I don't have any other symptoms.
        However, it seems that the condition of my scrotum has something to do with it. For example: this morning the testicle felt quite normal, after I had a shower. Later this day it felt a bit harder again. So it comes and goes, a strange situation indeed.

        But I'm very frightened, because I'm a hypochondriac. I'm already thinking about an operation, while I haven't visit my doctor yet. My wife and son are getting crazy because of my behaviour. I only can think of my testicle-problem and my worries about cancer.
        Who knows how to deal with this?
        (Tomorrow I'll have an appointment with my doctor, by the way...)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by QuintenvG
          Who knows how to deal with this?
          (Tomorrow I'll have an appointment with my doctor, by the way...)
          Well, a lot of us here know how we dealt with it ourselves.
          First things first, and going to the doctor is the right thing to do!
          Get an ultrasound as Dadmo and Don has said, it will give you the answer.

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

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          • #6
            OK guys, thank you for your comments! Internet is a great medium!

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            • #7
              Here I am, again. This afternoon I visited my doctor. He confirmed that my testicle was larger, but he first impression was that there's no testicular cancer.
              He said this, because he couldn't find a lump or something. Enlargement alone is not a sign of cancer, my doctor told me. I doubt he's right. What's your opinion?

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              • #8
                Hi QuintenvG

                Originally posted by QuintenvG
                he couldn't find a lump or something. Enlargement alone is not a sign of cancer, my doctor told me. I doubt he's right.
                My opinion is that he is not right.
                I had enlargement, as a precursor, before I finally discovered a lump.

                Read carefully now!

                You don't have TC, says statistics. But you should have an ultrasound scan - to make sure.
                Call your doctor and say that I said that you should have an USS. And I know that enlargement is a POSSIBLE symptom.

                Get to it!

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

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                • #9
                  I'm very, very frightened at this moment.
                  On friday I'll have an ultrasound. Today my doctor said that cancer is very unthinkable, but he couldn't say no for 100 percent.
                  I can only think that things will go totally wrong, in my opinion I have testicular cancer for 100 percent.
                  How to deal with this?

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                  • #10
                    Quinten:
                    Your doctor is right when he tells you that you probably don’t have tc. Did he think it was an infection? Did he give you anything to reduce the swelling? I agree with Jens on getting the US to eliminate the chances of an incorrect diagnoses. Just try and stay calm until the results are in and remember if you do have tc it is very curable. Let us know what your results are and don’t forget we are here for you.
                    Last edited by dadmo; 04-20-06, 12:05 PM.
                    Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

                    Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.

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                    • #11
                      We aren't symmetrical. By that, our left side is not identical to our right side(and vice versa). Also, the enlarged testis may be the normal one. As the others have said, get the US and have both checked. Which appears will happen tomorrow. In the mean time....deep breaths, you'll be ok regardless of the results.

                      It is very normal to have these pre test fears. Don't let fear (or hypochondria) run your life.

                      Let us know how everything goes.
                      _____________________________________________

                      Left I/O 5/7/05, Stage 1(pT1)
                      No VI or LI, Normal Markers
                      70% Embryonal, 30% Seminoma
                      Surveillance
                      1st child born on 8/08

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                      • #12
                        OK guys, thank you again for your 'transatlantic' help!

                        Another question: three weeks ago I had a fertility-test done by a specialized doctor.

                        I called him today and asked him if the testicle was already swollen. He said he examined it (I couldn't remember myself) and was very sure it wasn't swollen at that time. In that case, he stated, it couldn't be possible to have TC, because tumors don't grow so quickly.

                        What's your opinion? (and sorry about asking so much questions....)

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by QuintenvG
                          In that case, he stated, it couldn't be possible to have TC, because tumors don't grow so quickly.
                          Some tumors grow slowly and others grow extremely quickly. What size is your testicle now?
                          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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                          • #14
                            Hello, it's me again.

                            I've good news! After the ultrasound I'm diagnosed with orchitis, an inflammation of the testicle. The doctor prescribed antibiotics.
                            I'm very relieved and will thank you for your support.

                            Keep up the good work on this site and forum!

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                            • #15
                              Congratulations Quinten that’s great news. Now you can relax and enjoy the weekend.
                              Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

                              Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.

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