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    3 weeks ago I discovered a small lump on my left testicles, its very likley to be cancer, I had the orchiectomy on monday and just waiting for results from pathology. Also got a ct scan on thursday. Very nervous times, although i feel positive whatever the outcome. It seems treatment of cancer is very successful nowadays, and the stigma of "cancer" and the association of death is unjust! Anyone know the figures or percentages of people who do/do not require further treatment after the orchiectomy? Thanks.

    Jon

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    Jon, welcome to the forum! Do you have any information from the ultrasound or tumor markers (bHCG, AFP, LDH)? The stage oand type will depent on the patholgy, CT, chest X-ray and markers. And yes, caught early enough you may be cured witht he I/O. If you so the the home page of this site, as well as http://tcrc.acor.org you will find all the basic info as well as references for additional details. Heal up from the I/O, post any questions you have, and please share the path, marker and scan info with us so we can provide more specific input. If you can share what part of the world your in we may be able to point you to some good oncologists as well.

    TC, especially caught early, is highly treatable.
    Retired moderator. Husband, left I/O 16Dec2005, stage I seminoma with elevated b-HCG, no LVI, RTx15 (25Gy). All clear ever since.

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    • #3
      Hello Jon, until you get further information, I just wanted to tell you that I am hoping for good results. Let us know what they say.
      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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      • #4
        Jon,
        Do you have elevated markers?
        I'm not sure what the percentages are without looking them up at the site Karen metioned, I will say this- you are likely already cured.
        Let us know what the path is, and I recommend a second opinion at a center of excellence.
        Best,
        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!

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        • #5
          Thanks for the replies. I was given no information (bHCG, AFP, LDH). Just told that it had to come out. It was the surgeon that told me just before the operation that they actually found three lumps, two next to each other and one a few mm's down. Apart from this i have been given no more information. Does this mean that i havent caught it as early as if it was just 1 tumour? Also is the an indication that it is a type that is likely to spread?
          Sorry about these questions, i have been to afraid until now to look to much up on the internet in fear of scaring myself.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Jono
            Also got a ct scan on thursday.
            Welcome, Jono! Results from that CT scan and blood tests will be key to know whether you'll need more treatment now. If the cancer was confined to the testicle, there's at least a 70% chance you're already cured.
            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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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jono
              Sorry about these questions, i have been to afraid until now to look to much up on the internet in fear of scaring myself.
              You never need to be sorry about asking questions. "Knowledge is power."
              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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              • #8
                I was just wondering why you are told not to have sex for 3 weeks after the op? is it the physical demand on the area, or should you not even ejaculate?

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                • #9
                  I believe it is due to the physical demand on the area, which will be tender for at least a month. Ejaculation should not be an issue.
                  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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