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    Well I am back for a liitle more.
    So far everything had looked good. I just got my markers back after 3 and a half months after righty left. What does everyone think about this. My doctor says he is hoping for a "false positive". I just worry. Also my sperm count in Jan 8thish was at 2.5 mil, and on the 8th of Feb it was only 1.5mil. On the good news though my wife is 5 weeks pregnant, which is how I found my sperm count. We were doing IUI's to get pregnant. Thanks for you comments.

    Pre operation
    AFP is only at 17
    and my HCG was at 4.7

    December, at least thats what he told me
    AFP is at 0
    HCG was at 0

    And now finally Feb 18th
    AFP is at 2.8
    HCG is 1.4
    Oct 2005
    Stage I Non-Seminoma
    teratoma, immature teratoma, yolk sac, and embryonal carcinomal
    Diagnosed 10/26/05
    Rt Orch 10/27/05
    Sept 2006
    Stage I Seminoma
    Lt Orch 11/14/06
    Jan 2007
    73 Lymph Nodes - ALL CLEAR!
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  • #2
    Tumor markers. I hate them, I go crazy watching my sons bounce around. Nobody wants to see their markers move up but yours are in the normal range. I wouldn't consider this as an indicator of much, it needs to be watched but hopeing that it's a false positive is a bit strong since the numbers are in the normal range.
    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 agree with dadmo this isn't a "false positive" at this point. Both markers are normal. Let's see what happens in March.

      Congratulations to you and your wife!!
      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
        Months ago, I stopped asking what my tumor markers were after evey blood test. It's not worth fretting over. All that matters is that they're in the normal range and not showing a rising pattern. Everybody's AFP, etc., has minor flucuations. I figure if there is a real concern, the doctor will call me.

        Your markers are normal. If something changes, your doctor will let you know.
        Right I/0 March 30, 2005
        Left I/O April 20, 2005
        Embryonal carcinoma, teratocarcinoma
        Surveillance since May 19, 2005