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    My husband has very late stage 3 testicular cancer, saying it may not be worth even trying to treat. Looking for other options.
    Maisy
    Last edited by Scott; 06-10-06, 09:50 AM.

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    Maisy, could you tell us some more about your husband's situation? Where is he being treated? What types of testicular cancer did his pathology include? Even stage III cases are most often successfully treated.
    Scott, [email protected]
    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
      Maisy,
      I'm a late stage 3 surviver. It has been almost 3 years since diagnosis. Don't give up hope! Tim
      Stage 3 seminoma w/intratubular Germ/ embryonal carcinoma in lymph/ pulmonary metastases
      I/O 7/2/03
      BEPx4
      Surveillance since 10/31/03

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      • #4
        Maisy, My husband is an early stage III survivor almost one year out from chemo. I am not being harsh but if our doctor had told us that I would have got up and told him thank you for his time and found another doctor. Explore the site here and see how many men are doing fairly well with advanced TC. It may take longer to treat but it is so worth going through the treatment and dealing with the side effects. I hope you consult some of the experts listed on the website and I think every person is worth treating even when there don't appear to be a lot of choices. Divine intervention is something none of us can predict, I sincerely hope you find out more and get a second opinion if you're not sure about what you hear the first time. Ask questions here, there is an abundance of info from people who have been there. April
        Wesley's TC
        Non-Seminoma
        90% Embryonal 10% Seminoma
        Stage IIIa
        Treatment: Left I/O 4/11/05
        4XBEP 4/25/05
        08/05 -Surveillance & Many Scans/X-rays

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        • #5
          Originally posted by amorgan74
          ..It may take longer to treat but it is so worth going through the treatment and dealing with the side effects..
          What do you mean longer to treat?
          Right IO, March 2006
          Stage III Nonseminoma - Choriocarcinoma. Multiple lung mets.

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          • #6
            Well, some guys are cured just by the I/O, some need RPLND surgery, chemo and then more chemo. There are some standard protocols for each stage but there are so many different meds and options for each person. If you read the treatment thread you will see men with the same stage or make up of cancer but their treatment may vary depending on how the body reacts to the treatment. When my husband was having his chemo the doctor sat down and he kind of gave us a plan for treatment but also said there was Plan B, Plan C, ect. and we would have to see how the body and the cancer responded to the intial chemo. That's what I mean by longer to treat. April
            Wesley's TC
            Non-Seminoma
            90% Embryonal 10% Seminoma
            Stage IIIa
            Treatment: Left I/O 4/11/05
            4XBEP 4/25/05
            08/05 -Surveillance & Many Scans/X-rays

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            • #7
              Maisy:

              Treatments for testicular cancer have some of the best success rates at all stages of diagnosis when compared to other types of cancer. Please don't give up.

              Go to this link



              Call one of the experts. As the other folks have said, there are many survivors who were diagnosed at stage III. Keep fighting.
              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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              • #8
                Like Scott said, what does the pathology report say? what type of chemo will he be on, what is the BHCG, where are the tumors, etc?

                Testicular cancer has a high success rate so hang in there. You're experiencing a very much a major life journey. Embrace it, experience it and live in the moment as much as you can. Try not to think about things that may or may not happen. It's hard but it does help.
                Patti
                Wife of Kevin Murphy
                Diagnosed 7/16/04 100% Choriocarcinoma
                Oriechtomy 7/20/04
                4xBEP 8/04-11/04 BHCG:1200 (lung only)
                Rediagnosed 12/27/04 BHCG: 50
                1xVIP 1/05 (lung)
                HDC/Stem cell Indiana 2/05-4/05 BHCG: 51-4.5 (lung)
                HDC failure 5/05
                3xGemzar/Taxol 6/05-9/05 (lung only)
                VP-16 w/Avastin 9/05-1/06 (lung only)
                Cyberknife 5" lung tumor 2/06
                cyberknife 6 brain tumors 3/06
                1xOxaliplatnin 3/06 (liver, lungs, kidneys, left hip)
                Passed away 4/13/2006

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