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    Hey guys,

    Well to make it short, I felt a small bump in my left teste sometime in June, and after going to the doctor, and getting an ultrasound, I had my left teste removed on July 5th I belive. That day I had a CAT scan and blood was taken before/after the surgery.

    Turns out this was a pure seminoma stage I, about 1cm in diameter, confined to the testicle. I was told this is small and a "good catch". My blood work came out clear both before and after the surgery.

    I had my first followup in August, and the Oncologist told me from where he sits, this is a good case for just survaillance. I have my first exam on Nov 7th, blood work and then the follow up on Nov 22nd.
    He also told me that at this point he recommends no radiaton or therapy of any kind, and says we'll deal with anything if it pops up.

    Now I have been feeling pretty good. For the first 6-8 weeks I had a small inflamation on the left side of the abdomen where the lines to the teste were and where they pulled the thing out, but right now its starting to come back to 100% normal.

    In the last week or so I've had faint pain in my right teste. I would not call this pain, but rather sligh (i mean slight) discomfort. If I didn't think it was there, i would probably not notice it. My sex drive and all the other functions are back to normal.

    Is it ok for me to feel a slight amount of discomfort still in my groin? I do examine my other teste prob. a few times a day still. I know its overkill but I can't help it.

    Do my doctor's recommendations seem ok with my diagnosis?

    I am trying not to worry, but its hard. Its obviously on my mind every day, although I must say i have felt pretty good about the whole thing. But this sligh discomfort is anoying and making me worry some more.

    Also, on a side note, is there a new diet I should follow, or some vitamins I should take to help me stay healthy? The doctor said nothing about this.

    Sorry for all the questions. Thanks guys!

  • #2
    Sounds right

    Hi CanMan, Congratulations on your successful surgery. It sounds from your description that the course of treatment is typical for your case. You are very fortunate, be happy! Believe me, it could be a hell of a lot worse.

    Regarding inflammation, I believe this is fairly typical and it sounds like you continue to make slow but steady progress. Regarding the slight discomfort in the right teste, make sure you have your urologist examine it. Try not to be obsessed with this slight discomfort, it may be some remaining inflammation from the original surgery even though I know your surgery was on the other side. The body is an amazingly complex machine, sometimes cause and effect are not as obvious as one may think.

    Regarding diet, I hear good things about herbal / natural supplements. There is a book about this written by Kevin Trudeau called Natural cures "they" don't want you to know about. This may be worthwhile for you.

    Bottom line is it sounds like your doctors have a good handle on your case and you have a very good prognosis with minimal treatment. I think once you have your Urologist examine your right side, you will feel more comfortable... at least mentally. Think positive, it sounds like you have beat this monster!
    Kevin Ricks (46 years old)
    Diagnosed 2-2006, AFP = 3800, BHCG = 1226. Left I/O 3-2006, Stage 2 Nonseminomous (50% embryonal carcinoma, 30% teratoma), 4XBEP, two tumors in lymph nodes, (12cm x 5cm left periaortic region and 5cm x 5cm left pelvic region) RPLND 8-2006, Pathology is negative, tumor markers negative, surveilance beginning 9-2006.


    • #3

      Ya, i was very worried about the inflamation, but it is going away. I had the doctor look at it during my first follow up, he said it was normal.

      Weather is changing here and I think it might have an effect on my abdomen. Sounds weird, but weather changes can effect wounds/bad joints, etc.

      Hopefully I don't see this "monster" for many more years to come.


      • #4
        Originally posted by KRICKS
        Regarding diet, I hear good things about herbal / natural supplements. There is a book about this written by Kevin Trudeau called Natural cures "they" don't want you to know about.
        I can't let that go without comment. I don't buy that for a second.

        Eat a wide variety of healthy foods in moderation.
        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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        • #5
          Before you read Kevin Trudeau's self published book,
          read about Kevin Trudeau.

          I wouldn't believe anything he writes.


          • #6
            He's done a stint in prison for fraud. The book is full of platitudes like "If you don't want to get cancer, don't eat/do things that cause cancer."

            After buying the book for $20, it will recommend signing up for his newsletter and Web site of natural "cures."

            I'd hate to think anyone who really needed cancer treatment instead bought that book. Stay away.
            Right I/0 March 30, 2005
            Left I/O April 20, 2005
            Embryonal carcinoma, teratocarcinoma
            Surveillance since May 19, 2005