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  • Scared as Hell

    Worried;
    From what you have written it doesn't sound as if you have testiculat cancer. It sounds like you're feeling the epididymis tail http://tcrc.acor.org/testicle.html. You should still tell your Mom and get it checked by a doctor but my guess is that you'll be ok. Just tell you Mom you found it during your monthly self exam.
    Last edited by Scott; 08-29-09, 03:33 PM. Reason: Sorry, I did a bad job merging threads!
    Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

    Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.

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    Scared as Hell

    Hey. So I guess I have a lot of questions and a lot to say. I'm really worried and very scared I might have testicular cancer. I can feel this small bump on the bottom of my right testical. Most of the time, it's rather harmless, but there are times, that are becoming more increasing, that the shape of it changes, or something, and it feels harder and a bit larger. There are also times where it becomes completly unnoticable. I have also noticed dull pains in my lower stomach area, but this may be part of my overactive imagination.
    I'm a real emotional guy when it comes to stuff like this. The thought of cancer is almost as scary as the procedures I might have to go through and even telling my Mom.I'm starting my Junior year in high school and that's scary enough. I really hate how this is happening.
    I have many questions:

    1) What is the average life/death rate for cancer?
    2) How long would I have to stay in the hospital?
    3) Is it very possible I might not live?
    4) Do I have to lose a testical?

    The hardest thing about this is that I'm sixteen. I never thought I'd have to worry about cancer, and I haven't told my Mom, it seems odd. I need some support and guidance.

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    • #3
      im in pretty much same situation, kinda worried.
      but should i only have one epididymis tail or one for each testy?
      i have the 2 + 1 that is pea sized which i believe might be the epididymis tail

      i have been to the doctor he said that generally males have lumps that form and dissipate, he was gp not a specialist though so i think i should go to one.

      is there an x-ray that can be done?

      also wondering if TC even in beggining stages can effect getting/staying erect

      oh by the way im 18 and dont have any other physical conditions (that i know of)

      thank you for your time in advance

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      • #4
        Dan:
        I don't think you have TC but if you go to a urologist he can schedule a simple and painless test to make sure.
        Son Jason diagnosed 4/30/04, stage III. Right I/O 4/30/04. Graduated College 5/13/04. 4XEP 6/7/04 - 8/13/04. Full open RPLND 10/13/04. All Clear since.

        Treated by Dr. Rakowski of Midland Park, NJ. Visited Sloan Kettering for protocol advice. RPLND done at Sloan Kettering.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by dan123 View Post
          im in pretty much same situation, kinda worried.
          but should i only have one epididymis tail or one for each testy?
          i have the 2 + 1 that is pea sized which i believe might be the epididymis tail

          i have been to the doctor he said that generally males have lumps that form and dissipate, he was gp not a specialist though so i think i should go to one.

          is there an x-ray that can be done?

          also wondering if TC even in beggining stages can effect getting/staying erect

          oh by the way im 18 and dont have any other physical conditions (that i know of)

          thank you for your time in advance

          Dan most lumps/bumps in testicles are not cancerous, but that doesn't mean you should'nt get it checked. The test is an ultrasound, like you see being done on pregnant women, only on your nuts! It is completely painless and will but your mind at rest at least, you should definitely look into having one done.
          3/4/09 - Diagnosis Stage 1B 90% Embryonal Carcinoma 10% Seminoma.
          7/4/09- Right Orchidectomy. Tumour markers normal post operativly.
          11/05/09 - begin adjuvant BEP x2
          22/06/09 - finish chemo and on to surveillance

          Latest markers normal - September 09.

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          • #6
            To answer your questions, know that I'm NOT a doctor, so I'm only saying what I believe to be true, but could be wrong.

            1) What is the average life/death rate for cancer?
            If you survive, and 90+% of guys do, you have a normal life afterwards.

            2) How long would I have to stay in the hospital?
            I had my nuts cut out as outpatient surgery. Went home the same day.

            3) Is it very possible I might not live?
            Depends. If you do the smart thing and get it checked now, your survival chances are VERY VERY good. 90+%. At least in the US. Not sure about elsewhere. The only thing that could reduce your chances is if you wait until it's cancer and it spreads all over your body. Then the chances are worse. So by waiting, and not getting it checked, you could be causing yourself a lot of problems in the arena of survival.

            4) Do I have to lose a testical?
            My doc said that sometimes if a tumor is very small, they can save the testical. I lost mine. But if you don't go get it checked, and it is cancerous, you'll lose it. (hint hint...go get it checked, for your own good).

            Lastly, the other guys are right. The ultrasound is no big deal. They respect your privacy and put a blanket over your waist and only expose your nuts, and they rub a little sensor on it for five minutes, and you're done. Then one of two things will happen:

            You'll find that you don't have cancer and you wasted your life worrying for nothing, and you'll have peace of mind.

            Or you'll have cancer and you will treat it and live and be thankful for the fact that you had the courage to get it checked and you didnt wait until it was too late.

            I know it's tough to face the music. It's really hard to get that checked. But until you do, your quality of life will not be good. Be strong dude. Go get it checked, and if you need some support or encouragement, and you're too scared, that's ok. Let us know. We've been there and really do understand.
            Last edited by KevinATL; 09-21-09, 11:40 PM.

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