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    Hi, I'm 15 years old and about a year ago I found pea sized lumps on both of my testicles. Sometimes it feels like they're behind my testicles and sometimes on top. The lumps are in the same location (from what I can feel) and do not cause any pain unless I squeeze them.

    I know I've been very stupid and I should have got this checked out when I first discovered it. I am going to consult my parents and pay a visit to the doctor's office tomorrow.

    Is there anyway to tell how far it has spread if I do have testicular cancer? So far, I don't have any pains in my lower abdomen besides the occasional stomach ache, and I only get pain in my lower back when I stress it.

    The thing that worries me the most though, isn't the fact that I might have to get both testicles removed (I've gotten over that). It's the side effects of that bother me (if I end up having TC). What kind of impact will having both testicles removed do to puberty? And is there a way to treat the loss of testosterone so that I can grow normally?

    Thanks for reading.

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    Hyperior:
    Chances are your feeling someting that is completly normal for you. Don't put of getting these lumps checked but I'll be surprised if it's tc.
    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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    • #3
      You are most likely feeling the heads of the epididymis (sperm carrying cord). Testicular cancer is rare. The chance of getting TC in your lifetime is 1 in 300, and the chance that you have it in both testicles at the same time is about 1 in 15,000 or greater! As Dadmo said, definitely get checked out, but I strongly doubt you have TC. You have no need to be worrying about the "what ifs?" unless the time comes.

      Bobby
      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!

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      • #4
        Thanks for the quick response. I couldn't get a hold of my doctor today, he's probably on vacation so I'll have to wait. From past experience with this doctor, he should be back in 1 or 2 weeks.

        Some additional information about the 'lumps':
        They're the same size and shape of a pea (about 7 or 8mm in size)
        I can kind of move them from side to side,
        They haven't changed in any way since I first discovered them,
        Doesn't hurt or bother me at all.

        Any ideas what's going on?

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        • #5
          I suspect you're feeling the epididymis, a normal part of the testicle.
          Scott, [email protected]
          right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since


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          • #6
            Right Away

            hey my name is geoffrey i am 37 when i was 35 i had both testicals removed. Chances are great that your fine. but get checked RIGHT AWAY. A young man such as your self could grow up just fine if they had both removed. The only diffrence is you would not be able to father kids but every thing else is just the same. I take androgel and my wife hides more now then she did befor TC. good luck my friend

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            • #7
              Originally posted by geoffrey
              hey my name is geoffrey i am 37 when i was 35 i had both testicals removed. Chances are great that your fine. but get checked RIGHT AWAY. A young man such as your self could grow up just fine if they had both removed. The only diffrence is you would not be able to father kids but every thing else is just the same. I take androgel and my wife hides more now then she did befor TC. good luck my friend
              Geoffrey,
              Thank you very much for logging in! Would like to hear more from you!

              Hyperior,
              I'm really happy you logged in too- now you need to go to the doctors office, and soon.
              Get checked out, I have every expectation that you will be fine- but you need to hear it from a doctor.
              Let us know.
              Joe
              Stage III. Embryonal Carcinoma, Mature Teratoma, Choriocarcinoma.
              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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