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How fast does TC grow and how good are ultrasounds?

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  • How fast does TC grow and how good are ultrasounds?

    Hello All,

    I have had a slightly smaller than BB size lump on my right testicle for at least several years. It doesn't seem to have changed shape or size in this period but I sometimes feel that I have some minor pain in that testicle and even my abdomen/ groin on that side although I am wondering if my mind is fabricating the pain since I think there may be something wrong.

    How fast does TC grow/ change/ spread?

    Also I had an ultrasound 2 years ago and they noted "a small cyst, likely representing a small spermatocele" as well as a "small left hydrocele".

    How accurate are ultrasounds and aren't they open to some interpretation by the Doctor?


  • #2
    Ultrasounds are very reliable for the detection of fluid filled (cysts) vs. solid (tumor) objects. The results can of course be read wrong but I would think they weren't. I would still go back to the doctor for another exam, the fact that you were ok 2 years ago doesn't mean something hasn't changed. Your probably ok but why take that risk.
    Last edited by dadmo; 07-25-07, 02:23 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.


    • #3
      Thanks for the response. I am still going to make an appointment with a urologist and bring a copy of the original ultrasound report and films. Would it be a good idea to ask for the blood tests as well as an added measure?

      Also I know there are different types of TC but how fast do they typically progress?



      • #4
        Growth rate

        My tumor was expected to double in size each week!

        Please do not hesitate.

        I made the Urological appt on Friday. Went to Urologist the following Tuesday and had the cancerous testicle removed on Wednesday. The time matters!
        Stage III Non-Seminoma- 7/11/06
        Right I/O 7/12/06
        Completed 4x BEP 11/06
        Bi-Lateral RPLND (Dr. Shenifeld)- 11/27/06
        Surveillance since then

        When you think about it, what other choice is there but to hope? We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up, or Fight Like Hell.
        Lance Armstrong.