I'm so confused!! So I just signed up on this amazing forum. Two weeks ago I had a recurrence of my testicular cancer (Stage 1 Pure Seminoma) that was under surveillance the last two years. I've had clean CTs and MRI every 4 months and then out of nowhere 6 weeks ago my right inguinal(groin crease) lymph node swoll up a bit. A general surgeon biopsied it and found 3cm pure seminoma. This is not a normal spot for a 2nd occurrence (in fact barely documented ever according to my docs) the rest of my body is clear with CT/ PET and blood. SO what's the question? WHICH treatment radiation vs. chemo?????My oncologist in Los Angeles asked Einhorn what I should do......his answer....BEPx3. My radiation oncologist thinks its a coin toss, but he reached out to Dr. Bosl (Sloan-Kettering) who told him he would suggest the BEP as well. Both Bosl and Einhorn preferred Chemo over radiation mainly because less long term side effects and higher success rate. I was hoping for radiation as it is quite a bit less body wracking and apparent to public. I know Einhorn and Bosl are considered brilliant, but they seem usually to favor chemo(of which one of them, brilliantly and thankfully developed). I am just curious if there is anyone who knows/ thinks I should talk to anyone else. It's just so frustrating to have the most cureable type of cancer(I know I'm blessed for that) but feel like I have to go straight to nuclear bomb mode to get rid of it. I thought for sure I would just get some quick flashes of radiation as seminoma responds so well to it. Any help or thoughts are appreciated. Warmest wishes and prayers. Thank You.
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