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  • Goodbye to Cancer

    Went to the oncologist yesterday and his opinion is that my cancer is cured. Blood work is great (AFP=2.0, after starting at over 250), CT scans and x-rays negative. Heck, even my anemia is gone and my hair is coming back! I have monthly chest x-rays and blood draws, plus monthly oncologist appointments, but this Christmas will be the best I've had in many years. Thanks to all for your support.

    My oncologist told me that in men over 40, his experience is that it's best to hit TC very hard on the first chemotherapy (I had 4xBEP) because the disease can be very difficult to treat if it recurs. I figure that he's the expert, he cured me, and I'll take his word for it.

    Not all is rosy news, however--the bleomycin caused lung irritation. My lung capacity is significantly less than pre-chemo. I met with a pulmonologist, who wants to do (another!) test called a bronchoscopy. My oncologist agrees with the procedure. So...if we confirm bleomycin irritation, the treatment is either watchful waiting or steroids. I think I prefer the watchful waiting, I certainly don't have any breathing problems.

    Best wishes to everyone this holiday season.
    Left I/O 6/24/05
    100% Embryonal Cell Carcinoma, Stage III
    4xBEP August - October 2005
    Surveillance since Nov. 2005

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    Congratulations! I'm really glad to hear your good news.
    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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    • #3
      Happy Christmas to you after all you have been trough
      Seminoma I. stage ,May 2004,Si Deus pro nobis quis contra nos

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      • #4
        Very Merry Christmas

        MRB, I know how you feel man. What a good Christmas (Opps, Seasons Greeting) it will be this year. I am still kind of confused why you had to go 4XBEP, but either way you are done, and clean now. I am also starting to get my hair back, and a little stache to. Feels like I am going though puberty again. I go to my Doc Jan.23rd for my 1st. post treatment check-up. I am sure I will have good results also.Congrats again, and Merry Christmas (Opps, Happy Holidays)
        Diagnosed 7/5/05, Rt. I/O 7/29/05, Nonseminoma Stage IIa, Started 3XBEP 9/06/05 changed to 4XEP due to reaction from Bleomycin. Currently surveillance.

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        • #5
          MRB,
          So happy about the great news. I'm so happy for you and your family.!!!!
          Have a blessed Christmas.
          Jane
          Jane
          Mother of TC survivor.
          Son, Josh 20, diagnosed Jan. 24, 2005. Left Orchiechtomy Jan.31, 2005. 4XBPE March 7th to May 28th 2005.

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          • #6
            Thanks Folks...and Merry Christmas!

            Thanks everyone. The visit to the oncologist a week ago was certainly a real mood-lightener. Back in June, I was told I had embryonal cell carcinoma, "one of the most aggressive kinds", and trust me, that was a bad day. I know that the chance of recurrence is real, but for now, I'm elated and I've been undergoing surveillance for almost two months.

            Larry, sounds like you're also in good shape, your post-chemo checkup is today! I'll bet you received the same kind of positive message I did. As for the 4xBEP, I had lymph node involvement above my diaphraghm, so the standard treatment is four rounds...ick!

            It's funny, but back in early August I started chemo and I thought it would never end. Then late October came around and suddenly I was finished! For everyone starting out, the chemo will be over before you know it. Just hang in there.
            Left I/O 6/24/05
            100% Embryonal Cell Carcinoma, Stage III
            4xBEP August - October 2005
            Surveillance since Nov. 2005

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            • #7
              Great Job!

              Great to hear...since our specific diseases are virtually identical, this makes me very optimistic. I'll be going into my last bleo treatment this tuesday with a cooler head. I can't wait for my doc to tell me similar news in 2 weeks! I hope your holiday IS your best...you deserve it!

              Best holiday wishes to everyone.

              Doug
              Doug R.
              Pure Embryonal Carcinoma
              Stage IIa
              Left I/O 8/25/05
              Chemo 3xBEP Starting 10/31/05

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              • #8
                Another Good Appointment

                I had my 12 weeks post-chemo appointment with the oncologist yesterday. AFP=2.0, bHCG=not detected. Still looks good.

                As upbeat and optimistic as I always am, these appointments still make me very nervous. I just want to get through an entire year and I'll breathe just a little easier.
                Left I/O 6/24/05
                100% Embryonal Cell Carcinoma, Stage III
                4xBEP August - October 2005
                Surveillance since Nov. 2005

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                • #9
                  I hear ya

                  MRB, I know how you are feeling. I have my 1st. post chemo appt. this Tues., had x-rays last week and took them to the Doctors office so they will be there for my appt. Like a dummy I tried to read them, and looked at some Picture examples on the internet. I know nothing about how to read an x-ray but saw a lot of white on them. Probably nothing,but still has me worried. It is just normal to be worried. I am making my lefty a little sore by checking it for lumps all the time LOL. Congrats on a clean report. I know mine will be good also. Later.
                  Diagnosed 7/5/05, Rt. I/O 7/29/05, Nonseminoma Stage IIa, Started 3XBEP 9/06/05 changed to 4XEP due to reaction from Bleomycin. Currently surveillance.

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                  • #10
                    15 weeks after chemo:

                    AFP=2.2
                    beta-hCG = not detected.

                    Life is a lot better than it was last summer.

                    Left I/O 6/24/05
                    100% Embryonal Cell Carcinoma, Stage III
                    4xBEP August - October 2005
                    Surveillance since Nov. 2005

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                    • #11
                      great news

                      life is only getting better!

                      keep the faith
                      Age 33, Right I/O Mar '05, 90% embryonal, 10% teratocarcinoma, Surv until 4 mo CT (+), 3 x BEP Aug/Sep '05, CT 10/05 ok, CT 2/06 ok, CT 3/06 ok, CT 6/06 ok, X-Ray, Blood 8/06 ok, Sperm Count 09/06: Low but active, CT 10/06 ok, X-ray 12/06 ok, CT 02/07 ok, X-ray/blood 4/07 ok, CT 6/07 ok, X-ray/blood 09/07, CT 10/07 ok, CT 4/08 ok, CT 10/08 ok

                      LAST NIGHT I DREAMT 1000 LIES
                      I CAN SEE THE DAWN
                      THROUGH A DIFFERENT SET OF EYES

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                      • #12
                        Latest CT Scan

                        I received a call yesterday from my oncologist's office regarding my CT scan last week:

                        ALL CLEAR!

                        Will have the usual beta-hCG and AFP blood work done next week, everything post-chemo has been normal. Things just keep looking better and better!
                        Left I/O 6/24/05
                        100% Embryonal Cell Carcinoma, Stage III
                        4xBEP August - October 2005
                        Surveillance since Nov. 2005

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                        • #13
                          Wonderful news...continued health...Mary Ellen

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                          • #14
                            Great news! Congratulations!!
                            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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                            • #15
                              Glad to see your doing well MRB!!! Continued good health in the future!!!!
                              Moffitt Cancer Institute
                              CANCER SUCKS
                              Diagnosed/Left I/O 9/18/2004--Non-Seminoma/Stage IIIC--3X B.E.P chemo--3X T.I.P. Salvage chemo---Abdominal [email protected] 34cmX 24.5cmX 17.5cm---4/19/2005 --RPLND/Left Kidney,8 1/2lb Abdominal tumor,42 nodes removed---7/16/2005 Remission/Surveillance---Severe Peripheral Neuropathy--

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