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    G'day all...I'm so glad to find a forum on this subject The information here is something I wish was available many years ago.
    I was born with undescended testicles,in 1964 when I was 9 years old I was operated on to bring my left testicle down.Somewhat of a drama back then as they sutured the testicle to my leg to keep it in place...Unfortunately sometime later I had to have another operation to remove the testicle from my leg as it had grafted itself skin to skin.
    My right testicle started to descend when I was in my 20's so another operation was required to bring it down (no suturing to the leg thank god)
    Around 1980 I noticed a large marble sized lump in my left testicle...I ignored it for some weeks before consulting a doctor. As soon as the specialist had checked it out he had me booked in to be operated on within the week.I was told I wouldn't know what the outcome would be as they would do a biopsy while i was under and if the biopsy showed cancer my left nut was a goner.
    Well needless to say i awoke with the news it was cancer and I was less one ball...Now comes the treatment,back then radium was the only option and I was subjected to 4 weeks of radium from chest to groin and extra doses over the scar on my abdomen.
    I'm 51 now but have a condition called radiation induced neuropathy which only surfaced within the last 6 years.The radiation destroyed nerves in my abdomen and back regions. From what I've read here the treatments are so much advanced from back then and it's all good news
    I think the most important thing is early diagnosis,never be embarressed about seeing your doctor if you notice anything unusual!!!
    Cheers to all from downunder

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    Welcome, Paul. Congratulations on a quarter century of survivorship!
    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
      Originally posted by Scott
      Welcome, Paul. Congratulations on a quarter century of survivorship!
      Thanks for the welcome Scott.Keep up the good work mate, this forum is a well needed and important source of information for everyone.
      Cheers Paul


      • #4
        Nipple soreness

        I've been reading through some of the older posts..A bit concerned now as I have a quite tender to touch right nipple. I've also noticed my existing testicle is rather tender but not too painful. I have seen my doc and he is is not worried about the nipple soreness and told me to come back around April if it's not better and he will send me for an ultrasound..I didn't mention the testicle being sensistive.
        I've had a recent blood test so I'm presuming all is fine? There is no sign of a lump or any abnormality in my testicle that I can find.
        Don't want to go through it all again....Any advice would be most appreciated.
        Cheers Paul