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My Husband's Experience as a TC Patient.....

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  • My Husband's Experience as a TC Patient.....

    My husband was 33 when he was started getting sick on New Year's Eve (12/31/06). He had a pretty big testicle. He had thought it was a popped blood vessel it had happened 2-3 years ago. He had trouble sleeping. He had a difficult time with bowl movement and he would vomit. I kept begging him to go to a doctor. He did not want to go. Finally I told him that if he loved me he would go for me. So he did. When we went to an urgent care he was sent home with ecoli overgrowth. Then when he went to the Emergency Room after being there 6 hours he was sent home with a hynera (not sure how to spell it). Then on the day of his surgery (for the hynera) there was a CT scan done and it was discovered that he had TC. Naturally, I was scared to death.

    I partially blame myself because I had no idea that the huge size of his testicle was abnormal. I was a virgin when I married him.

    After his surgery to remove the tumor he started Chemo about a month or so afterwards. *NOTE* for those TC patients who do not have medical insurance I strongly advise you to get some insurance. Medicine for Chemo is very expensive.

    His cancer doctor gave him a 58% chance of living. My husband was diagnosed with TC beginning of Feb. '07 and now there is only a tiny bit of the tumor left (smaller than a dime) he is going to have surgery so the remaining tumor will be removed.

    I just wanted to say to all of you TC patients as a wife of TC patient there is *always* hope. Don't give up fighting the cancer. If anyone has any questions about what to expect going TC please feel free to ask. I will do my best to answer.

    My husband is back to his old self he is very positive about the upcoming surgery. For those of you who are Christians *PRAY* as much as you can. Also, do everything that you doctor tells you to do.

    For TC patients going through this rough time I wish you all the best of luck.

  • #2
    Hopeful Wife:
    Don't blame yourself for any of what your husband had to go through. You need to take credit for getting him to the doctor at all.
    Congratulations on helping your husband get cured.
    The little bit of tumor they have to remove, where is it?
    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
      I'm assuming it's post-chemotherapy RPLND surgery coming up?
      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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      • #4
        You sound like a very loving wife, your husband is lucky to have you!
        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