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  • TC in both? Paranoia? 17 yr old Please help...

    Hey everyone, I've been going through a mild paranoia and don't quite know what to make of the "symptoms" I may or may not (Hopefully) be having. when perfroming a self exam after some mild pain I found a few strange abnormalties I'm not sure what to make of.
    1. One Testicle seems bigger than the other
    2. My left Testicle feels soft and almost squishy, also a small prick about the size of a pinhead is near where it "connects" but it definatly on the testicle.
    3. My Right testicle seems unusually hard (though I've never done this much before...) like it won't "squeeze" at all until it's so hard it hurts. This is the bigger of the two.

    I hope someone can give me some advice or thoughts on the situation, I've read both of these are symptoms of TC but I can't get to my doctors for nearly a month...could I have TC in both already?

  • #2
    How much bigger? Some difference is normal. It's possible but very unusual to have cancer in both testicles.

    If something is wrong, there are possibilities other than testicular cancer, such as a hydrocele.

    I wouldn't wait a month to find out. Can you get to a referral to a urologist sooner?
    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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    • #3
      Thanks for your reply Scott, you seem to be a very helpful guy on this forum-Thank you. The size differance is minimal, my main worry is the differance in "hardness" as that's what make's the size differance. The "squishy" one feels smaller only because of that, comparativly the Hard one feels bigger but by feeling and checking their foughly the same.
      I'm only 17, would I be able to see the doc on my own? I really don't want to get my family up in arms unless I really have to. But I suppose this may just qualify for "having to"..

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      • #4
        Just tell your parents that one of your testicles is swollen, and you think it should get checked by a doctor.
        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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        • #5
          tell your parents! they want mind at all.....it's why they are parents!!!!
          diagnosed 01/15/2005 bi-lateral seminoma stage IIa,4cm lymph node, right I/O & partial left I/O mar/2005, 18 days of radiation, remaining left I/O- aug/2005, surveillance, Wife did IVF oct/2005, DAD OF BABY GIRL born 08-02-2006!!! testosterone implants May 2008

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          • #6
            Definitely time to talk to your parents. Since one of you testicles is significantly harder than the other, you need to get it checked out.

            Best wishes.
            Fish
            TC1
            Right I/O 4/22/1988
            RPLND 6/20/1988
            TC2
            Left I/O 9/17/2003
            Surveillance

            Tho' much is taken, much abides; and though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are; one equal temper of heroic hearts, made weak by time and fate, but strong in will; to strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

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            • #7
              Thanks, I'm going to get on that today. I already have an Doctor Appointment for Nov 2nd. Any help as to how I can see a Doctor sooner about this? Won't Urologist offices just schedule me the same way?
              Oh, and one more thing. I should be more worried that one is harder than the other rather than the "pinprick" on the other? Or will the scans and such tell all?

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              • #8
                Sorry about posting this in the wrong forum BTW, I noticed it got moved..

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                • #9
                  Alex:
                  Let your doctor know about both things you found but the scans will tell all.
                  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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                  • #10
                    Been looking in the Yellow Pages and I called a few Urologists, All that I called say they don't accept my insurance (Medicade) At all or Unless refered by a Doc. If that's the case I need to wait a month, any suggestions to speed up the process? Should I call my family doctor and just ask for a referal??

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                    • #11
                      Yes, I would call your doctor and ask for a referral.
                      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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                      • #12
                        Thanks Scott, I called earlier and they told me she'd be in on Monday. So till then its just a waiting game...Lucky me eh?

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                        • #13
                          Yea, be careful NYAlex on the insurance thing. You have to be referred by most all insurance's to see a Urologist, Oncologist, Specialy Dr's, etc. Luckily my roommate works for a well known insurance carrier in doing claims billing/adjusting so he told me everything that is protocol so that way I wont get stuck with a bill. Never hurts to call and ask your insurance carrier also on what to do. BTW, I did have my left testicle get quite hard also and than it started to grow and got noticeable large before I went to the DR(had no insurance at the time) and did turn out to be TC, but could of been a couple other things, so no need to stress too much, it will all turn out ok and be treated quick by the Dr. Good job on getting a sooner appt with your Dr...when I asked for an appt they told me a month too, but told them I think I have cancer and I was put in for 3days later
                          Good Luck
                          ~Anthony

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