not too bad

Yesterday I was injected with dye and scanned and x-rayed. It turns out I don't have anything urgent to worry about. The extracted cancer was seminoma, the most common form of testicular cancer, and it is extremely susceptible to radiation treatment. I will have radiation therapy to zap any lingering cells and then a few years of regular followup visits. "It's a scary thing to hear you have cancer," the urologist said, "but everything's going to be fine for you." Good deal!
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Awesome!

I'm glad to hear that everything looks good!
Glad to hear that!
I am happy to read it.

(Anonymous)

any probable cause?

Just curious if you think you're basically a random victim of testicular cancer or if you've thought about why it might have happened or been more probable in you. I've heard that traffic cops/state troopers/etc used to be told to rest the radar gun between their legs when not using it (sounds a little strange, but whatever) and they were told not to do that anymore after the incidence of testicular cancer went up after that.

Do you, by chance, use a laptop A LOT with it sitting on your lap as opposed to a desk or something?

Re: any probable cause?

Nobody knows what causes testicular cancer, according to my doc. I'm just a random lucky winner.

(Anonymous)

Re: any probable cause?

In my case (I'm the one who also had it two decades ago, and posted in the other thread), we were nearly sure that the reason was that my testicle had not been naturally in its normal position when I was a young boy. It was not down, out of the body, and consequently stood there, until I had surgery when I was 13 and it was put in its normal, external position. The problem is that the testicle, when in its normal position is exposed to temperatures in the vicinity of 20°C, but near 36° C when in the body. Epidemiological studies in the 70s and 80s showed that the incidence of testicular cancer in nearly tripled in this case. Since then, in similar cases, the testicle is put in its normal position way earlier than in my case (around 6 or 7 years old I think). The cancer appeared when I was 26, with symptoms similar to yours: it was bigger than usual, numb, and painful when moved (I nearly fainted while jogging...!). In my case it was the non seminome one, so you're luckier than me. Radio-therapy does not work in this case. I also remember the moment the doctor told that it could be cancer as one of the worst moment in my life. Everything around me looked completely surreal for the next 3 days, until I had surgery and I discovered when I awoke that it was not there anymore (they had decided to make a biopsy during the surgery, and if cancer was confirmed, to remove it, so I had the surprise basically to discover when I awoke that it was a cancer but, as the doctor said 'that it had been completely removed'. Strangely I felt like a hero and I think the feeling helped to cope with the next few weeks. I had scanners too every three weeks, and it was always a very special time. I was always very anxious about the result, which hopefully was announced immediately, and always felt relieved when the radiologist told me that he had not seen anything particular. This lasted for 5 years, with the last scanners spaced with 6 months. But at that time I was already clearly convinced that I was cleared. And had always been since the surgery. I know from my experience that it's a difficult period, at least the first few months, but after that things will ease down. Don't hesitate to speak about your feelings with other people. In my case, this cancer was the moment when I understood that there were people around me, and not only computers (I was a nerd...). It changed my life and as I wrote previously it really made my life better because my view of things changed radically. I developped a lot of empathy for other people, because I know not how you can have to go through difficult moments, and how much others, just by their presence, can help. Just be sure that the odds are really very much on your side. On Wikipedia, they basically say that it's 100% curable when taken early enough, which is your case. So, rest assured that things will go well. Denis

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