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    Since this forum is for asking questions about TC Cancer, id just like to ask:

    How long from first being diagnosed with TC Cancer would it generally take for TC Cancer to spread to the lungs, and other areas?


  • #2
    How long's a piece of string?

    I had a lump/hardness in my testicle for two years before I went to the doctors, who diagnosed me with TC. Therefore I had TC for at least two years, and I was incredibly lucky that I only had minimal spread to my abdomen (3 cm mass).

    However, I did chemo with a guy who had had is testicle removed one month after he discovered a lump. He'd already developed abdomen and lung mets.

    Although the pattern of TC spread is well known, the speed is unpredictable. However, one thing is guaranteed and predictable - the longer you leave it, the more difficult the treatment and the worse the survival rates.
    Diagnosed March 2006, Stage IIB, 3cm RP mass
    10% Seminoma, 90% Non-Seminoma (Embryonal, and a tiny amount of choriocarcinoma and teratoma)
    Prechemo bHCG-2648, AFP-582
    3xBEP March-June, markers normalised
    3 months postchemo - 1.2cm residual RP mass
    RPLND September 2006 - mostly necrotic tissue plus tiny amount of well differentiated teratoma
    June 2009 - TRT commenced to help out my lefty
    May 2011 - check-up, all clear


    • #3
      For me it took 4 years after radiation for a micromets to develop in my lung and be detected. Now i wish that i am safe for real.

      Stage 1 seminoma in august 2001
      with invaded spermatic chord and treated with RT
      Relapse november 2005, 4 BEP and now back to surveillance


      • #4
        My son had his testicle removed four days after he found something
        not right during his monthly exam. His tumor was small, his numbers
        were elevated, but not excessively, he didn't delay at all,
        and he still had microscopic spread to the lymph nodes. If he had
        chosen to wait and see when he first found something wrong, I'm sure
        he would have had further spread.

        The last paragraph in Davie's response says it all!


        • #5
          Bottom line is get checked if have ANY symptoms of TC... Each case is different.. you could have one guy that has been walking around with TC for a year and he gets diagnosed with stage 1.. you cold have another guy that goes to the Doctors as soon as he finds something and is in stage 3... I knew I had some health problems for a few months(never thinking it was cancer) and was diagnosed with stage 3C...You can see by my signature below what I went through(which is only the tip of the iceberg )...

          Why are you asking?? Do you have any Symptoms???I Hope not!!
          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 Tumor@ 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--