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    [COLOR=Blue]First off I would like to say thank you to whom ever is responsible for this site. We hear so much about other cancers and not nearly enough about this cancer, this place is truly a blessing for concerned people like myself that need a little more education on the matter of testicular cancer.
    My husband has a large cyst located in his left testicle it was first found about 11 years ago it was about the size of a pea at the time, doctor said “no worries” well now 11 years later the cyst of no worries has grown to the size of a grape. For the last 6 to 9 months he has had lower stomach problems and thought maybe he had an ulcer. A week ago he was sent to the ER from his private doctor to have an ultra sound which showed the cyst. The doctor did call him back and told him that his blood tests came back and they would like for him to have a retest in 2 weeks as his liver tests (bilirubin was high) with that said the doctor would not discuss the findings of the ultra sound with him basically told him the urologist would go over the findings. His appointment is tomorrow and needless to say I am worried sick. We just moved about a year and a half ago so I am living without any means of support right now from my family or friends – my husband also does not want the family or our kids to know until we talk to the doctor.
    I read that a cyst is usually not cancerous however in some causes they are filled with tumors so at this point I can confused by the difference between a cyst and a tumor.
    His private doctor has basically prepared him for the worst telling him that he will probably have to have one of his testicles removed and that there was an 85% chance that it could be cancerous.
    Should he have the cyst removed? He sees the urologist tomorrow so I am just biting my nails and playing the waiting game.

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    Thanks for the encouragement.

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      bagopegs:
      It sounds like that testicle will have to be removed. Believe me if there is any doubt about cancer it's best to have it taken out for examination. Your husband will do quite fine with just one. If it should be cancer you may be dealing with seminoma which might not be detectable with blood work. Seminoma is common to the older guys, while the younger ones get non-seminoma. Both are very curable if caught early and treated properly. Check out this web site for more info on tc. Please write back and let us know what the doctor has to say.
      Last edited by dadmo; 02-02-07, 01:22 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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        Husband did go to the doctor and the cyst is actually located in epididymis which the doctor said is usually not anything to worry about - he has pretty much left it up to him to have it removed or leave it in. Now he is just trying to make the decision should it stay or go. I would like to hear from anyone that was given this option (if there are any) and I would also like to know if this could still be dangerous.

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          This is a tough one? I guess the answer for me would depend on how uncomfortable I am and how much worry it's causing. I'm all for keeping my organs in place but not if they are causing me pain.
          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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