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  • #16
    Have you heard anything since your surgery? I hope things are going well for you!
    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


    • #17
      Biopsy results show teratoma

      Hi everyone
      Thanks for all the care and kind words. So far I received a call from my doc, He said my spermatic cord is free of anything? not sure what that meant

      He said I had a teratoma in the testicle and there wasn't any malinents?

      It did have microsopic neuron and catilage cells in there.

      I'm going in for the report and with my wife so we can understand fully what it was. It sounded like he wasn't clear or clear on saying I'm cancer free. That was what I was waiting to heard but it didn't come. He did say I need a CT or x-ray to see if my lungs and abdomin are cancer free.

      So here's my question He said the tumor was a teratoma, but didn't say what cells or what percent of it is what?

      What questions should I ask or would I find the answers in the pathologist's report?

      So far the recovery is great I limbed back to school today was kinda hard with those books. But I'm planning on getting a temp handicap plate for a month or so. But there still is alittle pain once in a while,So far I can handle the pain. Last time I took a vicodin was yesterday.
      Oh and its taking time getting use to not having two testes. Sometimes I feel a kinda phantom testicle pain, anyone else have this? Maybe it's in my head. I don't know.
      But overall I'm doing Great


      • #18
        Hey dude,
        I believe you are saying that the cord margin was free of tumor. That would mean that there were no traces of tumor at the place where the surgeon cut the spermatic cord (which is what attaches your testes to your body).
        Teratomas are bizarre tumors in that they can differentiate into tissues that shouldn't be there (neurons and cartilage, in your case).
        It's great that your wife is accompanying you to the doc's office. You should definitely get a copy of the pathology report, if anything, for your records. All the details of the biopsy should be outlined there. An important item you should look for is whether there is evidence of lymphovascular invasion, which is a potential indicator of spread. Of course, the CT scan and chest X-ray will offer more conclusive evidence to that effect.

        As far as the post-I/O recovery, it sounds like you are right on track. Just don't overdo it by lugging too many books around. The pain becomes manageable, and it sounds like you are on the mend. Take it easy, and keep any questions coming. Best,
        "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.