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    Hello Everyone! I was diagnosed with cancer in my left testicle 5 years age and was fortunate enough to catch it before I required chemo or radiation. I am now married and we are trying to have children. When I was tested a few years ago, I was told my sperm count is in the low-medium range. Has anyone had children after their surgery? Any tips or suggestions going forward? Any information would be greatly appreciated!!!

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    Hi Kmahon

    If the normal way doesn't work, you do have the option of having a testicular biopsy done and doing IVF or GIFT depending on the situation. The procedure is not fun for the husband or wife but, it is an option. I've had the biopsy done and I got 3 vials in cryo if I ever need it. That is the only info I can give. If you have any questions about the treatment feel free to ask. I'm happy to help if I can.

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    • #3
      I have read several men posting lately that they have had a children or children post TC without using banked sperm. As Daniel suggests sometimes you will need to get to an infertility dr.
      Wishing you luck!!!
      Son Grant
      dx 12/21/16 at age 17

      BEP x3
      Post Chemo CT Scan on 3/28/17 still showed a few nodes over 2 cm
      2nd Post Chemo CT Scan on 4/27/17 showed all nodes still over 2cm
      Post Chemo RPLND 5/8/17: Periaortic Teratoma, Intraaorticaval Teratoma, and Paracaval Teratoma found.
      Grant is enjoying his senior year in High School Cancer Free!

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      • #4
        Originally posted by kmahonx2 View Post
        Hello Everyone! I was diagnosed with cancer in my left testicle 5 years age and was fortunate enough to catch it before I required chemo or radiation. I am now married and we are trying to have children. When I was tested a few years ago, I was told my sperm count is in the low-medium range. Has anyone had children after their surgery? Any tips or suggestions going forward? Any information would be greatly appreciated!!!
        It really runs the gamut. Some folks recover full fertility, some recover it some, some are rendered barely fertile or infertile.
        With modern technology, even people with extremely low counts or retrograde ejaculation can father children, although some of the processes are very invasive and very expensive (in the USA at least).

        The only way to tell will be to do a semen analysis. Once you know your count and motility you know the chances of having a successful natural pregnancy, as well as what are the other potential routes you may need to take.

        If your counts are low you may have to do IUI or such. If your counts are really low you might have to do IVF. If your counts are super low (like mine were), you need IVF with ICSI. ICSI is where they literally pick a single sperm and inject it in the egg. Regular IVF is where they dump a pile of sperm from the sample on the egg, and one of them should naturally fertilize the egg.

        FWIW I was born with one testicle. I fathered a child naturally with little effort in 2014. Had TC in 2015 and banked, then had my only (cancerous) testicle removed. Counts were terrible. My wife and I did IVF with ICSI twice. The first time achieved pregnancy and then miscarriage at 9wks, the second round achieved a healthy baby boy who is 6 months old now.
        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 - 9/18/15: 4xEP
        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!
        9/18/2017 all clears up to this date!

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        • #5
          BIWI~ Wow! Somehow I did not know you entire story. Inspiring, and what a miracle little boy you and your wife have!
          Son Grant
          dx 12/21/16 at age 17

          BEP x3
          Post Chemo CT Scan on 3/28/17 still showed a few nodes over 2 cm
          2nd Post Chemo CT Scan on 4/27/17 showed all nodes still over 2cm
          Post Chemo RPLND 5/8/17: Periaortic Teratoma, Intraaorticaval Teratoma, and Paracaval Teratoma found.
          Grant is enjoying his senior year in High School Cancer Free!

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          • #6
            Plenty of ways to have kids. Being a father takes more than your own sperm.
            "More human than human is our motto...."

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            • #7
              Originally posted by roybatty View Post
              Plenty of ways to have kids. Being a father takes more than your own sperm.
              Indeed. We definitely didn't want just one child. If IVF wouldn't have worked I'm sure we would have looked at adoption or more likely, donor samples. Since banking myself I get monthly emails on donor sales lol.
              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 - 9/18/15: 4xEP
              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!
              9/18/2017 all clears up to this date!

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              • #8
                SIL had undescended tasticle and surgery by age 5., then cancer, followed by orchiectomy and 3X BEP. Sperm count and motility were poor enough that the fertility center told them his frozen sperm could only be used for IVF. 7 months post-chemo, my daughter conceived naturally, and they are expecting TWINS!!! All scans show 2 healthy girls. Remember-sperm count is not fixed. There are things you can do to raise it to some degree-check articles and vitamins on Livestrong.org Best of luck!
                Last edited by highland850; 11-21-17, 06:37 AM.

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                • #9
                  I'd say don't wait and do another sperm test now. That will tell you if it's worth to keep trying naturally or try IVF or look at other options. I did a test after orchiectomy and 3XBEP and the count is very low, but the fertility specialist is very optimistic we can have another child through ICSI IVF so will keep trying... Great to hear so many positive stories too on this forum too, over time!! Great news, biiw and highland850!!!

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                  • #10
                    Lots of guys have kids after TC, I'd start with a re-test of your sperm count, it may well have recovered in the last few years.

                    Dave
                    Jan, 1975: Right I/O, followed by RPLND
                    Dec, 2009: Left I/O, followed by 3xBEP

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