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    Now that the path report is in I am still a bit confused. being 95% seminoma 5% embryonal. Should I be treated like its seminoma or non-seminoma? Event hough its only 5% its still the most aggressive part of the cancer right? Any help would be great.

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    also the doctor told me that since the tumor markers came back negative that we couldn't use them to track my progress. Should I make sure that they checking those with every follow-up visit seeing as I do have a non-seminoma portion of the tumor?

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    • #3
      Every standard surveillance routine -- for seminoma and non-seminoma alike -- includes blood tests to check for tumor markers.
      Scott
      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
        Originally posted by Ski11181
        Should I be treated like its seminoma or non-seminoma?
        Since it isn't pure seminoma, it must be treated as non-seminoma.
        Scott
        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
          I'm afraid Scott's right. The minuscule amount of embryonal carcinoma automatically makes it nonseminoma; and, you're also right in saying that the embryonal component is the most aggressive part of the tumor. Seminomas grow and spread very slowly, whereas embryonal grows and spreads rapidly. EC can sometimes skip the lymph nodes and go straight to the lungs.

          As far as your post-I/O treatment is concerned, if you indeed choose surveillance, you will need more frequent follow-ups. For example, in years 1 and 2, you would have bloodwork for markers and chest X-rays every 2 months and CT scans every 2-4 months. Some tumors don't present with markers (particularly seminoma), and in your case, the bloodwork alone will not determine the presence of a relapse if it were to happen (knock on wood).

          Hope this helps,
          "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
            look at the guidelines on this site...non-seminoma surveillance is monthly year 1...with a CT scan every 3 months....embryonal can move very fast...which ironically makes it respond quite well to chemo because the fast dividing cells are targeted by some chemo mechanisms.

            pete
            - lump first noticed 11/20/2005
            - I/O right Dec 8, 2005
            - 95% embryonal / 5% seminoma
            - normal markers PRE surgery
            - no vascular invasion, tunica free of cancer, epididymis free of cancer, lungs free, lymph free
            - Stage I diagnosis
            - surveillance
            - mid feb '06, beta hcg slightly elevated = 4.6...small enlarged lower node seen on CT scan...
            - 3BEP began feb 20, 2006
            - finished 3 BEP, last bleo, april 17, 2006
            - CT scan, blood markers, chest..all clear
            - back on surveillance

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