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    Back in February I had an orchiectomy on my right testicle. A few weeks ago I went to get an ultrasound because of a dull pain I was having in the remaining testicle. My urologist told me that my ultrasound looked fiine, but he did notice a small amount of calcium. He didn't seem very concerned when he told me this. Anyway, I was wondering, is it likely that calcium will develop into another tumor in my remaining testicle??

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    I had a calcium deposit on my left testicle for the last 8 years.......it was a raised lump about the size of a BB near the head of the epididymus. My urologist told me calcium deposits are not cancerous and are nothing to worry about, but ultimately I did end up forming TC in the same testicle. It is worth nothing, though, that I also had a varicocele and an epididymal cyst in the same testicle, so the testicle was far from healthy.

    As for connections between testicular diseases and TC, research I have done has made mention to men with varicocele having a slightly higher chance of TC than someone without, but since upwards of 1/5 of men will develop a varicocele and only about 1/300 will ever develop TC in their lives, I feel this should be taken with a grain of salt. Interestingly, I have also seen a study from Norway that said men who comsume a lot of dairy are at a higher risk of TC than those who do not..........calcium and dairy are obviously related.

    The best advice I can give is not to worry too much, but definitely keep a close eye on things. I, too, would be interested to know of any studies relating calcium deposits on the testicle to TC.

    I hope this helps

    Bobby
    4/26/07 - mass confirmed w/ no elevated markers
    4/27/07 - left I/O
    5/2/07 - Dx: 100% seminoma stage 1A
    Surveillance: CT/blood (6 month cycle)
    4/27/13 - 6 years cancer free!

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    • #3
      Do a search for "microlithiasis"; there is a possible, but rigorously unproven, connection to developing TC down the line.

      Originally posted by PD081
      Back in February I had an orchiectomy on my right testicle. A few weeks ago I went to get an ultrasound because of a dull pain I was having in the remaining testicle. My urologist told me that my ultrasound looked fiine, but he did notice a small amount of calcium. He didn't seem very concerned when he told me this. Anyway, I was wondering, is it likely that calcium will develop into another tumor in my remaining testicle??

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      • #4
        its another thing i can't stop worrying about...

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        • #5
          I'm curious to know how many people in here were diagnosed with testicular microlithiasis at the time they were diagnosed with TC. Also, if there is a higher incidence of TC2 in patients with microlithiasis. I've seen a study that says as many as 6% of men develop microlithiasis in their lives, where only about .4% will develop TC.

          Bobby
          Last edited by fuse929; 05-10-07, 05:19 PM.
          4/26/07 - mass confirmed w/ no elevated markers
          4/27/07 - left I/O
          5/2/07 - Dx: 100% seminoma stage 1A
          Surveillance: CT/blood (6 month cycle)
          4/27/13 - 6 years cancer free!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by fuse929
            I'm curious to know how many people in here were diagnosed with testicular microlithiasis at the time they were diagnosed with TC. Also, if there is a higher incidence of TC2 in patients with microlithiasis. I've seen a study that says as many as 6% of men develop microlithiasis in their lives, where only about .4% will develop TC.

            Bobby
            For my first TC (in 1988), there was no ultrasound, the Dr feeling the lump was enough for the testicle to come out. As for the second round in 2003, the ultrasound definitely showed microlithiasis. Even without a conclusive link, it's something that should be monitored. Unfortunately 2-5% of guys with TC go on to TC2.

            Best wishes,

            Fish
            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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            • #7
              My urologist told me that he saw a small amount of calcium in my ultrasound. Does this mean I have microlithiasis? (he did not actually say "microlithiasis")

              Just wondering

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              • #8
                I had microlithiasis and varicocele in the tumorous, traiterous, testicle. My 'healthy' one has a single calcification. The survivor (last I checked) was putting out normal semen, both in quality and quantity. Both my uro and the radiologist told me that a single calcification is nothing to worry about, that they are probably caused by injury or infection. They do recommend serial sonography, however, about every 6 to 12 months.

                On top of everything (literally) I developed a mild case of epididymitis on my survivor, that is now being managed by cipro, a horrible, nasty drug.

                I read a study somewhere about prognostic factors for a second TC. Microlithiasis in the survivor, atrophy, and poor semen quality are prognostic. If someone has all three, their chances skyrocket to something like 30%. They point out, however, that a significant percentage (1/2 maybe?) of the second TCs show none of the prognostic indicators prior to diagnosis.

                djm
                Detected mass 10-6-06, Radical left I/O 10-10-06, Stage I seminoma, 1.5 cm primary, No LV invasion, No Rete Testis Invasion... Currently on Surveillance.

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                • #9
                  PD081 - I think you need a certain number of them, which need to be certain sizes. I think less than 5 is classified as one thing and more than 5 is classified as another, with the more than 5 classification obviously being more dangerous. Interestingly, most of the papers i've seen say that black men are more likely to get calcifications, while white men are more likely to get TC.

                  Thanks everyone for the input.

                  Bobby
                  4/26/07 - mass confirmed w/ no elevated markers
                  4/27/07 - left I/O
                  5/2/07 - Dx: 100% seminoma stage 1A
                  Surveillance: CT/blood (6 month cycle)
                  4/27/13 - 6 years cancer free!

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                  • #10
                    Ok, so maybe I don't have microlithiasis then

                    Anyway, thanks everyone...Its really nice to be able to ask a question or voice your concern or thoughts, and get some input back. It really helps.

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                    • #11
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                      at 23 years I had varicocello surgery on left testicle.[1992]. In 2005 I developed TC in the same testice
                      2005-03
                      Stage III EC 85% + Sem 15%
                      AFP=2.6; HCG=10, 20,28 and rising
                      FULL CAT scan:
                      -abdominal lymph clear
                      -subpleural lungs metastasis [bipulmonary lesions with diam <= 1cm]
                      4 x BEP changed to 3 x BEP at my request
                      from 2005-05....Surveillance

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                      • #12
                        I was diagnosed with TC in April. Because the situation in which the cancer developped was very rare, I had a second opinion with the most specialized TC-doc in my country (The Netherlands).

                        He recommends a biopsy in the remaining testicle, if there's a calcium build-up in it. In that case there's a chance that this testicle will develop cancer too, he suspects.

                        This doc will review my last ultrasound. Thereafter I'll hear if a biopsy is necessary.

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