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    Well I'm going to see the doctor tommorow definatly. I've been really stupid as well.

    I've had a lump on my right testicle that causes a aching pain for a couple of years. Theres a solid hard and smooth lump on my right hand side testicle that is not present on my left testicle.

    I've also recently developed a lower back pain on my right side for a few days.

    As I've said im definatly going to the doctor, but could some please tell me what the symptoms are of later stages of tc seeming as I've had this for a couple of years?

    Thanks

  • #2
    I did go and see a doctor before, and I got lots of red headed letters ordering me to the urologist... but I got the letters too late (I didn't collect for a few weeks) and by the time I got them all I had to go home from uni then forgot about it over summer.

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    • #3
      I've heard that lower back pain can be a sign, but not always.

      Although from experience it can be a bit of a pain to get the Urologist to order a CT scan and blood work, since they dont want to deal with that. I think they'd rather just let the Oncologist do that if it turns out that way. He'll want to do a ultrasound to see what things look like with the testicle. And then go from there.

      Btw, is the lump hard or soft? Not all bumps are cancer, but its good your getting it checked out.
      1/12/07 - Diagnosed
      1/17/07 - Right I/O - Seminoma with vascular invasion. Dimensions 6.5 x 4.5 x 4.2 cm
      2/14/07 - 3/6/07 - Radiation therapy

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      • #4
        It's a hard lump.

        I phoned the doctors up and they have no appointments for 10 days. I'm going home in 7 days so I'll have to wait and see my doctor at home.

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        • #5
          You need to be seen by a urologist ASAP! Keep calling until you can see a doctor right away, tell the people that answer the phone that you need an appointment STAT. Tell them you present signs of testicular cancer.
          Take control of your health, before it controls you.
          Keep us posted, and good luck.
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          Diagnosed 4/19/06, Right I/O 4/21/06, RPLND 6/21/06, 4xEP, All Clear 1/29/07, RPLND Incisional Hernia Surgery 11/24/08, Hydrocelectomy and Vasectomy 11/23/09.

          Please see a physician for medical advice!

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          • #6
            How likely is this to be TC?

            When I saw the doctor before she said "it's probably a cyst but you should get an ultrasound anyway" but I've read that cysts are rarely painful? And if they thought you had TC that would seem like a standard response to me?

            Anyway I'll phone the doctor again 1st thing in the morning.

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            • #7
              Any hard lump that feels as if it's part of the testicle should be examined by a urologist as soon as possible. He should then order an ultrasound which will define wheather the lump is fluid filled or solid.
              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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              • #8
                With a solid hard lump on the testicle you need an appointment with a Urologist immediately. If you have to go into the emergency room complaining of excruciating pain, DO IT!!! Sorry to be blunt, but from your posts you have been too laid back about this. You need to act now.

                As Already Bald stated "Tell them you present signs of testicular cancer."..beacuse you do.
                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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                • #9
                  I have to agree with the ASAP recommendations. MrLemon, you need to see a urologist as fast as you can. Go to the ER if you have to to get an ultrasound...That is what I did and where I found out. Odds are still with you that it isn't TC, as it is rare, but if it is the sooner you get treatment the better.

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                  • #10
                    I saw the doctor.

                    He felt my testicles and said he felt the lump (he didn't) and said it wasn't attached to my testicle (there 100% is a hard small lump there) and he said the lump is 99% a cyst because it's not on my testicle but he felt the wrong lump that one didn't bother me. Anyway I was a bit embarassed to get him to keep feeling, my sack had gone all hard and leathery so it really was hard to find it.

                    He's booked me an ultrasound in 4-6 weeks anyway. I also was a bit dumb and didn't mention the slight lower right back pain or my month of general illness. I've also had (rarely, like once every few months) problems peeing, when I stop peeing that testicle feels like a pulled muscle for about 3 seconds.

                    I'll just wait for the ultrasound to clear my mind, maybe he did feel it right. It's probably just a cyst anyway but I can't help but feel a little worried.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by MrLemon

                      He's booked me an ultrasound in 4-6 weeks anyway.
                      Ah, yeah, ok, wow. In a month and a half you may not need to worry about it anymore. TC can kill you that fast.

                      djm
                      Detected mass 10-6-06, Radical left I/O 10-10-06, Stage I seminoma, 1.5 cm primary, No LV invasion, No Rete Testis Invasion... Currently on Surveillance.

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                      • #12
                        Even if the doctor is correct and it's a cyst do you think he would let one of his family members wait 6 weeks with a 1% chance of having cancer. That is just not acceptable. You should consider going to the emergency room complaining of pain and get that thing checked now.
                        Last edited by dadmo; 03-15-07, 12:15 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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                        • #13
                          Lemon,
                          I have to concur with djmac. 4-6 WEEKS?!?! Sorry dude, but that is just unacceptable. You're almost better off going to the ER if you have to wait that long for the ultrasound. Due to the rarity of TC, a large portion of GPs and urologists are likely to miss it. You really need to take things into your own hands. Right now.
                          "Life moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." -Ferris Bueller
                          11.22.06 -Dx the day before Thanksgiving
                          12.09.06 -Rt I/O; 100% seminoma, multifocal; Stage I-A; Surveillance; Six years out! I consider myself cured.

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                          • #14
                            You should be more than a little worried. You can't diagnose a lump without an ultrasound. Did you even get bloodwork done for markers??In six weeks TC can become very advanced. Go to the ER.
                            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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                            • #15
                              Someone said that if it was TC i'd be dead by now? I've had this problem for abut 3 years, I think it was this forum I posted before (different username). But because of my slight back pain and my general long term illness im a bit more concerned now.

                              Anyway I break for easter from uni in 2 days, I'll go see another doctor when I get home and ensure that they feel it this time. I'll also say it hurts a lot to try and speed things on.

                              I had a blood test done about a year ago also, but that was not for my testicles it was for sleepy permamently, I think they might of been looking for iron deficiancy or something, would that test pick up TC if I had it?

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