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  • Question about orchiectomy scar tightness/pressure.

    Howdy all.
    Having a pretty crappy week on the one hand, but on the other hand I'm glad to be alive and kicking although I am struggling to keep it together.

    I'm at my one year mark and within the last few months I'd say that about 85% of the feeling has returned to the orchiectomy incision site.

    What is weird, though, is that I feel a tightness and some pressure there. I had radiation, and it is my understanding that it is virtually unheard of for cancer to return in the radiated field (and this scar is within that field, or pretty much right on the border of it. in fact, i remember they were concerned it was too close to the border of the treatment area and they "threw some extra radiation" where the border met the scar. I am not making this up).

    So, I am wondering 1) is some pressure or some tightness normal? 2) Could I just be feeling more there because feeling, in general, is returning and after all I was cut open there? 3) Would it be normal for the scar area and several "layers" underneath to feel as though there are lumps and bumps?

    They do seem to conform more or less to the shape of the scar.

    I know that my current facial paralysis is not related to the cancer, but I sometimes wonder if perhaps I could be trying to live healthier? I mean, are all of these things warning signs or something? Should I be eating nothing but tofu and honey, drinking nothing but green tea with spirulina and sleeping on a biomagnetic futon? I always thought I was reasonably healthy, but now I don't know anymore.

    Sorry for the unusually down post. I just found out that my next door neighbor (whose diagnosis of nasopharynx cancer led me to do a self exam on myself and possibly spared me much greater grief) has suffered a recurrence. She has it in several locations now -- under the arm and in the chest, and is undergoing chemo (taxol, i believe). Made me feel pretty s--ty for being concerned about something like my face this week (and I was relieved to learn that it was not a stroke or tumor, but bell's palsy), but on some level I still worry that perhaps all of these things are related to my overall health.

    Left IO 4/21/05 | Seminoma Stage I |Blood markers normal before surgery | CT scan and xray normal.
    Final day of radiation was June 2, 2005 (15 days, 2500 cGy total). Anti-nausea drug of choice: Zofran.

  • #2
    I don't think your lifestyle is the problem. As simplistic as it may seem I think you just hit a bad patch of road. Hang in there, things will get better.
    Last edited by dadmo; 05-08-06, 09:11 AM.
    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.


    • #3
      Hi LoneNutTheorist,
      What is your theory on,,,,,
      ahh, just kidden.
      After my operation, I remember a burning sensation. And it hurt pretty bad some times. It went away on its own.
      Now keep in mind that I am talking about 1994, so,,,, I just ran my fingers over the scare area, and it feels, thicker and lumpy. If lumpy is the right word. But not as smooth as other areas.

      AS far as tofu and honey, you are on your own there brother! You couldn't force me to eat toad food :-) There is nothing wrong with living a healthy life style, I think dadmo is on the money, it gets better.


      • #4
        Sorry to hear you're having a crappy week. Seems that any cancer news at all triggers me lately as well. I'm guessing you have a follow up soon and your doc should check the area you are concerned about. Had a couple of abdominal surgeries myself and my scar is hardened and "bumpy". The tightness you feel can be adhesions near the incision site or from the radiation (threw some extra !! Always better to have it looked at than to worry. Hope the paralysis is getting better. The honey/tofu diet sounds really gross....healthy is one thing but YUCK!!!!
        Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.


        • #5
          i'm a little over a year from first surgery and not quite a year on my second surgery and both incisions are still numb somewhat. i have had some discomfort in the scar area and was concerned with "it" coming back. but i'm all clear and its highly unlikely that it will come back in the radiated field. there are some major nerves that are severed when we have the I/O. i was told that it probably would always be some mild discomforts in that area due to the nerves that supply the tesiticles and not to worry about them! i have had some mild tingling or "going to sleep" feelings in my arms and legs that i didn't have before. no-one can tell me if its cancer related or not. i wonder if the radiation could of had something to do with it. i'm just trying to get it all behind me and move on with life. i hope you can do the same!!! my thoughts and prayers, brian!
          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