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  • We're pregnant.

    Got the call from the doctor yesterday.

    Nobody in my family knows, but I had to just say it somewhere. We'll probably wait until 3 months before telling anybody just to be safe but, no matter what, this at least proves to me that one cyllinder is all it takes to get this far.

    The facts:
    Had stage I seminoma, left i/o and radiation
    Have been trying for a year
    Have been doing IUI (artificial insemination) since July with post-surgery and radiation sperm.
    Have also been trying the olde fashioned way.
    I'm 36, my wife is 32.
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    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 am so happy for you!!!! This is really fun news.
    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

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    • #3
      LNT,

      Nothing like keeping a secret by posting it on the internet !!!!
      Thanks for sharing it with this Family!!

      I am SOOOOO happy for you!!!!
      Last edited by Karen; 10-12-07, 01:35 PM.
      Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.

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      • #4
        Congratulations, that's wonderful news. It gives hope to all those who think it can't be done.
        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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        • #5
          Many congratulations!!! You're in for the ride of your lives. It will be loads of work, but worth every minute.
          "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.

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          • #6
            You mean we are going to be Aunts and Uncles again??
            TERRIFIC!!
            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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            • #7
              LNT - that is wonderful news! It's hard to keep a secret but it is safe here with us!!
              Spouse: I/O 8/80; embryonal, seminoma, teratoma; RPLND 9/80 - no reoccurrence - HRT 8/80; bladder cancer 11/97; reoccurrence: 4X
              Son: I/O 11/04; embryonal, teratoma; VI; 3XBEP; relapse 5/08; RPLND 6/18/08 - path: mature teratoma

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              • #8
                Thanks. hehe. My family doesn't have my username here, so the news is safe for now. Kinda nervous based on all of the things you read online about potential problems during pregnancy, but I guess that all pregnancies share that risk.

                The banking beforehand definitely helped ease my mind, but the other thing I learned is that there are ways to extract sperm when suffering retrograde ejaculation (I didn't have RPLND, but I was directed to read a lot of stuff for TC survivors). It's a lot lower-tech than I imagined and basically involves flushing the bladder (through of all things, urination).

                So, in other words, if they can pick out just one good sperm from someone suffering from retrograde ejaculation, they have a shot at performing in vitro or perhaps IUI -- the urine might not be an issue because they actually centrifuge the sperm out of the semen anyway...

                (if this last IUI didn't work, they were going to switch my wife to injectable gonadotropins and then if that didn't work, to in vitro.)
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                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.

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                • #9
                  Just want to clarify that I don't have retrograde ejaculation, so I'm just going off of what I was told, but also want to say that when you go to these centers, they are packed wall-to-wall with people. We are our own little microcosm over here, but there are so many advances when it comes to fertility. It's a bit of a maze and you feel a bit like cattle, but they are just as systematic as a a TC specialist is in treating cancer.
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                  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.

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                  • #10
                    Congratulations!!! So very excited for you and your wife...I don't know how you can keep it secret...I would want to shout it from the mountaintops
                    Maria
                    *Hubby Andy diagnosed 02/13/07, Left IO 02/16/07 *Stage 1A Non-Seminoma (65% Immature Teratoma / 35% Embryonal Carcinoma) *RPLND 04/27/07 Lymph Nodes-ALL CLEAR
                    *Complications from Chylous Ascites so Laparotomy 05/03/07 *No food for 10 weeks, TPN only *07/18/07 Removed drains, tubes, picc line *CT Scan 07/31/07-ALL CLEAR
                    *CT Scan 02/12/08-ALL CLEAR *Hydrocele surgery 06/19/08 *CT Scan 9/30/08 and 03/06/09 shows <cm left lung nodule - under surveillance

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                    • #11
                      Congratulations! There is nothing in the world as rewarding as parenthood. Best of luck to you and your family.
                      If you look for the truth outside yourself, it gets farther and farther away. ~ Tung-Shan
                      If you love life, don't waste time, for time is what life is made up of. ~ Bruce Lee
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                      Diagonosed 1988. Left I/O - 3 rounds of chemo
                      Relasped 1989. RPLND - 3 rounds HDC - Bone Marrow transplant.
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                      • #12
                        Yuppi!!!! great news!!!
                        Last edited by TC Destroyer; 06-28-11, 10:51 AM. Reason: Spam
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                        27/07/07 diagnosed
                        30/07/07 Right I/O
                        path: 5.00 cm mass with EC %40 / Imm. ter. %30 / semin %20 / YS %10
                        no vaslucar inv./ no lymphatic inv/no metastis
                        Stage I-A
                        surveillance
                        24/10/07 CT showed 2 enlarged nodes
                        Stage II-B
                        markers:
                        27/07/07 B-hcg:202 /AFP:260
                        13/08/07 B-hcg:0.306 /AFP:32/ LHD:293
                        20/08/07 AFP:13.25
                        05/09/07 AFP:3.7
                        05/10/07 AFP:2.7 B-hcg:6.01
                        30/10/07 AFP:6.0 B-hcg:17

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                        • #13
                          Congrats, I am so happy for you!!!

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                          • #14
                            Congratulations!!!!!!!
                            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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                            • #15
                              Thanks!

                              I suppose that after our experiences over the last 3 years, we are being cautiously optimistic. Nothing I've read online seems to indicate any increased risk of birth defects more than 2 years after completing RT.

                              We'll go for the first ultrasound on Friday. The embryo should be visible as a small sac. Reading all of these sites, though, it's amazing how much development occurs in the next 4 weeks!

                              It takes some getting used to to understand how pregnancy is staged. She's officially almost in the 6th week, but conception was only about 4 weeks ago. I didn't realize that the pregnancy clock starts from the first day of the last period -- because most people cannot pin down the exact date of conception.

                              Anyway, chalk me up as another TC survivor who regained fertility after finishing radiation treatment (assuming I lost it).
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                              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.

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