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  • My cisplatin tattoo!

    Hey guys,

    To celebrate 2.5 years cancer free (after BEPx3) and having a new IVF baby (woohoo!!), I just got a cisplatin tattoo!!

    It helped save my life and so many of us here...

    What do you think?


    July 2016 - Left I/O
    December 2016 - BEPx3
    All clear for 2.5 years now + new baby!

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  • #2
    Great job!
    For 5 yrs mark get some gym, and then bleo on other arm.

    45yo, left I/O 07/30/2018, T1 pure seminoma, surveillance...
    Waiting...

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    • #3
      Nice. One day I'm going to get a Rod of Asclepius tattoo I think. Probably on my chest though, so it is seen when someone sees my rplnd scar.
      6/5/15: bHCG 27,AFP 8.66, LDH 361, 5.6cm lymph node - Stage IIC
      6/16/15: Left I/O 85% EC, 10% chorio, 5% yolk sac opinion 2 (mayo) 90% EC, 10% yolk sac
      7/7/15: bHCG 56, AFP 42, LDH 322
      7/13/15: begin 4xEP, end 9/18/15
      10/1/15: bloodwork normal, ct scan shows 2 lymph nodes 1.0cm
      10/26/15: 2nd opinion on CT results - lymph nodes normal. Surveillance!
      4/6/16: 1.7cm X 1.5cm lymph node found with markers normal.
      4/20/16: RPLND @ IU - teratoma only!
      10/22/19: all clears up to this date!

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      • #4
        Nice. One day I'm going to get a Rod of Asclepius tattoo I think. Probably on my chest though, so it is seen when someone sees my rplnd scar.
        6/5/15: bHCG 27,AFP 8.66, LDH 361, 5.6cm lymph node - Stage IIC
        6/16/15: Left I/O 85% EC, 10% chorio, 5% yolk sac opinion 2 (mayo) 90% EC, 10% yolk sac
        7/7/15: bHCG 56, AFP 42, LDH 322
        7/13/15: begin 4xEP, end 9/18/15
        10/1/15: bloodwork normal, ct scan shows 2 lymph nodes 1.0cm
        10/26/15: 2nd opinion on CT results - lymph nodes normal. Surveillance!
        4/6/16: 1.7cm X 1.5cm lymph node found with markers normal.
        4/20/16: RPLND @ IU - teratoma only!
        10/22/19: all clears up to this date!

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        • #5
          Nice. One day I'm going to get a Rod of Asclepius tattoo I think. Probably on my chest though, so it is seen when someone sees my rplnd scar.
          6/5/15: bHCG 27,AFP 8.66, LDH 361, 5.6cm lymph node - Stage IIC
          6/16/15: Left I/O 85% EC, 10% chorio, 5% yolk sac opinion 2 (mayo) 90% EC, 10% yolk sac
          7/7/15: bHCG 56, AFP 42, LDH 322
          7/13/15: begin 4xEP, end 9/18/15
          10/1/15: bloodwork normal, ct scan shows 2 lymph nodes 1.0cm
          10/26/15: 2nd opinion on CT results - lymph nodes normal. Surveillance!
          4/6/16: 1.7cm X 1.5cm lymph node found with markers normal.
          4/20/16: RPLND @ IU - teratoma only!
          10/22/19: all clears up to this date!

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          • #6
            That's cool, biwi!! Could the rod be even integrated into the scar?!
            July 2016 - Left I/O
            December 2016 - BEPx3
            All clear for 2.5 years now + new baby!

            Simplify Cancer: Man's Guide to Navigating the Everyday Reality of Cancer
            My Testicular Cancer Support Kit
            First Oncologist Visit Checklist
            Simplify Cancer Podcast

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            • #7
              Maybe, although I'm not sure how well scar tissue tattoos!
              6/5/15: bHCG 27,AFP 8.66, LDH 361, 5.6cm lymph node - Stage IIC
              6/16/15: Left I/O 85% EC, 10% chorio, 5% yolk sac opinion 2 (mayo) 90% EC, 10% yolk sac
              7/7/15: bHCG 56, AFP 42, LDH 322
              7/13/15: begin 4xEP, end 9/18/15
              10/1/15: bloodwork normal, ct scan shows 2 lymph nodes 1.0cm
              10/26/15: 2nd opinion on CT results - lymph nodes normal. Surveillance!
              4/6/16: 1.7cm X 1.5cm lymph node found with markers normal.
              4/20/16: RPLND @ IU - teratoma only!
              10/22/19: all clears up to this date!

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              • #8
                Your tattoo person will tell you!
                July 2016 - Left I/O
                December 2016 - BEPx3
                All clear for 2.5 years now + new baby!

                Simplify Cancer: Man's Guide to Navigating the Everyday Reality of Cancer
                My Testicular Cancer Support Kit
                First Oncologist Visit Checklist
                Simplify Cancer Podcast

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                • #9
                  Thanks, Harxxony, great advice
                  July 2016 - Left I/O
                  December 2016 - BEPx3
                  All clear for 2.5 years now + new baby!

                  Simplify Cancer: Man's Guide to Navigating the Everyday Reality of Cancer
                  My Testicular Cancer Support Kit
                  First Oncologist Visit Checklist
                  Simplify Cancer Podcast

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                  • #10
                    That tattoo is great! The smile too!
                    And congrats on the little one
                    Painless lump 5/18/2017
                    Orchidectomy June 2017 (4.5cm, rete testis involvement)
                    Chemo Summer 2017 (2x7AUC carboplatin)
                    No evidence of relapse since, but plenty of anxiety about it.

                    I'm also an epidemiologist, and a professor at a medical school (with NO training in oncology), oh, and gay, too.

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                    • #11
                      Thank so much, Bill!! How's things with you?
                      July 2016 - Left I/O
                      December 2016 - BEPx3
                      All clear for 2.5 years now + new baby!

                      Simplify Cancer: Man's Guide to Navigating the Everyday Reality of Cancer
                      My Testicular Cancer Support Kit
                      First Oncologist Visit Checklist
                      Simplify Cancer Podcast

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                      • #12
                        Hi Joe!
                        My 2 year was completely clear (first time I had no confusing ambiguous results), and I feel like I'm finally back to my old life! Teaching, exercising, spending time with family & friends, and back to 100% time at work, so I'm paying off the debts that piled up in the first 2 years. Thinks are fricking great!
                        Painless lump 5/18/2017
                        Orchidectomy June 2017 (4.5cm, rete testis involvement)
                        Chemo Summer 2017 (2x7AUC carboplatin)
                        No evidence of relapse since, but plenty of anxiety about it.

                        I'm also an epidemiologist, and a professor at a medical school (with NO training in oncology), oh, and gay, too.

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                        • #13
                          Very cool. I was thinking of doing BEP but it is way too big. Congrats on the IVF baby. How many times did it take for her to get pregnant, did you get it on the first try?

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                          • #14
                            Thank you, Daniel!! Very lucky to get it to happen on the first try, although there was a procedure and a few other things that made it a little more involved than expected... Felt a little guilty for putting my lady through all the work, but that's what we've got to do for each other, right?
                            July 2016 - Left I/O
                            December 2016 - BEPx3
                            All clear for 2.5 years now + new baby!

                            Simplify Cancer: Man's Guide to Navigating the Everyday Reality of Cancer
                            My Testicular Cancer Support Kit
                            First Oncologist Visit Checklist
                            Simplify Cancer Podcast

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