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  • #16
    In many cases, there is no pain associated with a testicular tumor. Mine was completely painless, even when it grew to be over 1 cm in diameter. The more info you are posting the more suspicious I'm getting that you need to get checked out ASAP, as dadmo said. Knowing what I know now, there is no way I would personally wait a week to get checked.

    Last edited by fuse929; 06-07-07, 03:11 PM.
    4/26/07 - mass confirmed w/ no elevated markers
    4/27/07 - left I/O
    5/2/07 - Dx: 100% seminoma stage 1A
    Surveillance: CT/blood (6 month cycle)
    4/27/13 - 6 years cancer free!


    • #17
      Agreeing with Bobby, my husband also had no pain at all. In fact, our urologist said that 'pain is a good sign'...I am not sure what that meant, but when he was checking Boyce out he said "Any pain?", Boyce said, "no" and the doctor said "Hmmm, that would have been a good sign".

      Keep in mind, everyone is different. Some here have had lumps, some small, some large...some had a hard testicle, some have had swelling, some have not...when I looked on line when Boyce and I noticed his testicle was hard, I saw all this information on line about "pea sized" bumps. Well he did not have a pea sized bumps so I thought that it was not cancer. When I found this forum, I realized that everyone was different, I only wish I had found this site sooner. I spent many lonely/worried days desperate for someone to talk to.

      Anyway...back on to the question about the ER...My gut says to go. 5 days is a long time to wait not only because of your physical concerns, but mentally I would worry about the stress that waiting could cause you. At the ER, they will give you a full exam and also do an ultrsound. In fact, I would request an exam, ultrsound and blood work. just in case you get in there with some ER doc that says..."hmmmm not sure what that is, you should make an appt. with your primary care doctor". That is unacceptable. That happened to someone we know and I wish they had pushed for more tests.

      Sorry to be long winded Let us know how you are.

      Co-survivor with husband Boyce, Diagnosed 7-11-06, orchiectomy right testicle on 7-12-06- Stage 3A: Mixed germ cell tumor with inguinal seminomatous and kartotypic carcinoma. One tumor over 10 cm, second tumor 4 cm, Chemo 4xBEP: Bi-lateral RPLND Dec 2006, nerve sparing but left sterile.
      Current DVT
      Current testosterone replacement therapy, Testim.

      "You must abandon the life you planned, to live the life that was meant for you" ~wisdom I have learned from my family on this forum


      • #18
        I agree with the others, you should get it checked as soon as possible. Not sure if this helps, but sometimes your GP can get you into a specialist much quicker than you can by calling yourself.

        When I was checked, it was by my GP, and he called to get me right in for an ultrasound, then had the images sent directly to himself and a local urologist that he has referred patients to in the past. The urologist immediately made a spot in his schedule to examine me. Yes, I sat in his waiting room for an hour, but was only in his office for 10 minutes and left with paperwork for the CT, bloodwork, and surgery, while his office staff made the calls to get me scheduled for surgery and insurance approval.

        I have no idea if this is typical, but my GP did an outstanding job of making things happen (on a Friday before a holiday weekend).
        Right I/O 4/17/06, Seminoma Stage Ib
        RT (15 days) completed 6/1/06
        All clear as of 5/8/09