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We got Boyce's blood work back

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  • We got Boyce's blood work back

    I have to tell you...even though I have sat and watched his blood being drawn 100 times, I still get nervous waiting on the results. It has been 9 months since he first was told he had tc...and it has been 4 months since his bi-RPLND. The anxiety has gotten a little better, every time the blood work returns and it is good news, it helps build my confidence.

    His AFP was 2.1 and his HCG was >.2

    His AFP has moved between 4.1 and 2.1...which I assume is normal. They tell me it will never be zero.

    Also the HCG last time was >.5 and they told me that>.7 was normal range. So I was concerned because .5 and .7 are pretty close. So does that mean that .8 is above normal and reason for concern?

    I am feeling pretty good over all about how things are going and I just hope that he does not have to endure more cancer as he gets older. I kept asking them not to scan him so much because I knew that was not good for him. They explained to me that one scan was equal to 100 x-rays. Yikes. I also noticed a small area on his skin that looked funny to me and he just said it was nothing and that I need to "stop looking for cancer on me". I am watching him like a hawk!

    He got many blood clots from his port in his chest, (no one here seems to mention if their port gave them problems) but he is on a business trip right now...flying cross country... and it looks like he is doing fine. He has been on blood thinners for about 5 months.

    Thanks for letting me share my happy news.

    Co-survivor with husband Boyce, Diagnosed 7-11-06, orchiectomy right testicle on 7-12-06- Stage 3A: Mixed germ cell tumor with inguinal seminomatous and kartotypic carcinoma. One tumor over 10 cm, second tumor 4 cm, Chemo 4xBEP: Bi-lateral RPLND Dec 2006, nerve sparing but left sterile.
    Current DVT
    Current testosterone replacement therapy, Testim.

    "You must abandon the life you planned, to live the life that was meant for you" ~wisdom I have learned from my family on this forum

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    Margaret, glad to hear the great news regarding bloodwork..I know how you feel, every time Chris has bloodwork or chest xrays...I almost am sick to my stomach until the results come back....I live from blood test to blood test...and its been almost two years......take care...Mary Ellen


    • #3
      congratulations to you both!

      Stop looking for cancer on him, Margaret! I should talk huh?

      God Bless and hugs to you both.


      Son Anthony DX 12/11/06
      L/O 12/20/06 Stage IIIA, 95% EC, 5% Yolk Sac
      4XEP 1/29-4/6/ 07
      AFP started increasing3 wks later
      Residual abdominal mass found on CT
      RPLND 6/8/07
      Cancer in pathology-
      80% mature teratoma, 20% Yolk Sac. --
      No adjuvent chemo and
      AFP normalised

      July 22, 2010 ---- 3 years all clear!


      • #4
        Awesome News Margaret!
        Stage III. Embryonal Carcinoma, Mature Teratoma, Choriocarcinoma.
        Diagnosed 4/19/06, Right I/O 4/21/06, RPLND 6/21/06, 4xEP, All Clear 1/29/07, RPLND Incisional Hernia Surgery 11/24/08, Hydrocelectomy and Vasectomy 11/23/09.

        Please see a physician for medical advice!

        My 2013 LiveSTRONG Site
        The 2013 Already Balders


        • #5
          Woohoo!!! Glad to hear that things are great!
          "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.


          • #6
            So happy for your both.
            Brother Diag. 10/05 Non-Sem.
            Right I/O 11/05
            4XBEP 8/06
            RPLND 12/06
            2X VIP 1/22/07
            Only completed 1 Rd.