Testicular Cancer

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    May 12, 2007 4:47 AM GMT
    This and other cancers for men are a topic that are discussed the least... I have seen posts for other cancers but I really don't think most guys take it seriously.

    Personally I had testicular cancer when I was 4. I'm now 43 and still healthy (other than skin cancers caused from the radiation)and have fathered 2 kids..... A good friend of mine at 20 had prostate cancer and now at 24 it has returned.... for what ever reason they did not remove the entire prostate at the time. This is more of a "guys it can happen at any time to any one". In Canada, the Cancer Society is doing what is called "The Underwear Affair" to raise funds and awareness for these cancers below the waist.

    If anyone is interested in donating or supporting the cause, please go to the website


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    Jul 07, 2007 3:39 AM GMT
    I'm curious about self-exams. I tried and din't feel anything but maybe I'm doing it wrong. Now that I'm in my 40's I feel I should stay on top of this stuff but I don't have insurance so I can't just run to a doctor for every sneeze.
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    Jul 07, 2007 9:06 PM GMT
    I wouldnt even know how to try!

    What about a public health clinic, maybe the dr there can show you or explain it to you?
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    Jul 13, 2007 4:27 AM GMT
    I dunno.I'll have to ck that out. Here in NYC there's newspaper sponsored prostate screeings and I just got a cheap Stroke/P.A.D/Stomach cancer test....(thank you Scan van!) Ya woulda thot that after all that press about Lance Armstrong someone would be making a bigger outreah to guys w/no insurance!
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    Jul 19, 2007 11:40 AM GMT
    Go to a urologist. And don't be afraid to ask him to show you. I went to my GP for a regular check up and he just checked for a hernia. At 50, I went to a urologist. His exam was very intense. He felt each testicle, rolling each in his fingers for a considerable length of time giving the attention that was required.

    Important to be open and honest with your doctor. It may be awkward for a gay guy to go to a straight doctor. The doctor doesnt' care what your sexuality is. He or she is there to help you.

    I was afraid with all that stimulation that I would pop a hard on but didn't. In any event, I would recommend going to a urologist. That is his specialty.
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    Aug 04, 2007 1:16 PM GMT
    I had a friend at work that just went through testicular cancer and had 2 operations done. 1 removing a testicle and the other removing lymph nodes in the back. As of today it has not returned and he has recovered remarkably with no chemo or anything. I think alot of it is his positive attitude and great look on life. I am learning more and more about the different kinds of cancer. Seems there are so many now.
  • Sabreur

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    Jan 24, 2010 2:45 AM GMT
    A few weeks ago I found a lump, and thankfully after a scan that said it was just a cyst. I know I am only twenty, but it is starting to increase in prevelance in the population between 20 and 40 years of age. Personally I'd recomend everyone check at least once every 6 weeks. Thankfully we've got two testicles to allow us to compare.
    The first thing that allerted me, even though it was a cyst it still bore the same symptoms of testicular cancer, was a dull ache in the testicle and groin area that came and went.
    The second was a slow and steady increase in size of one of the testicles.

    Any doubts you may have, always go to the doctor, generally they'll be pretty good about it. At least in my case.

    best of luck everyone.
  • julesmate

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    Mar 14, 2013 9:37 PM GMT
    I know someone who had this 3 years ago. Guys should not have to go through what he went through. He is a stronger person because of it though.
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    May 16, 2013 3:48 AM GMT
    On Valentines Day of this year I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Over the course of a week my left testicle swelled up to nearly double the normal size. After being told by my PCP that it was just a sports injury probably related to spinning I went to see a Urologist who immediately sent me in for an ultrasound. The next day after some blood work and another examination he told me it was, in fact, testicular cancer. Within two weeks I had an orchiectomy to have the entire testicle removed. By this point the testicle was nearly three times its normal size. I was lucky in that the cancer had not metasticized, however both my Urologist and Oncologist recommended two rounds of preventative chemo to lower my chances of it coming back.

    After one week of six hours of chemo a day I was in the hospital with liver failure. The chemicals in the chemo have now permanently damaged my liver (no more drinking or blood thinners of any kind). The day I entered into the hospital was the worst pain I'd ever been in in my entire life. A feeling that's hard to describe. It was like having the flu with all the symptoms multiplied by ten.

    A few months later -- I'm healthy, off chemo and cancer free. Bald for the next month or so (fuck!), but grateful to be alive. The whole experience puts into perspective how trivial most of the bullshit going on in your life really is. Before the experience whenever someone would ask me about who I was as a person and what described me I could never give a solid answer. I learned from this that my strength, my love, my spirit and my will to beat any motherfucker that gets in my way are my truth.

    In closing...testicular cancer sucks.
  • LJay

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    May 16, 2013 4:18 AM GMT
    For you fellows without insurance, remember that in the next year you will be required to get coverage or to pay a penalty. The question will come up on your income tax form. While this is a controversial part of the Affordable Care Act, i can tell you that is far from a bad idea. Help will be available for those who must have it. Having reached age 40, Hell's Kitchen, you will be doing yourself a favor to see what the insurance exchange in your state has to offer. In my lifetime I have dealt with the removal of a kidney, tuberculosis, asthma, nasal surgery, appendicitis, two bouts of cancer, stomach problems, diabetes, a major hernia, three endoscopies, major depression and pulmonary hypertension. I am a very, very long way from wealthy, but without insurance I would be living under a bridge, if at all.

    If you don't have insurance and need health care, go to your public health department, local medical school or even a free clinic. It is worth swallowing a little pride and waiting in line to take care of yourself.

    A friend of mine who has no money at all ended up at the local medical college a few years ago and had two colonoscopies, three surgeries, excellent followup care and the benefit of a first rate assistance program. Don't give up asking if you need help.
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    May 16, 2013 4:28 AM GMT
    My thesis was on men's health and the lack of efficacy and prevention screening for my masters...very good post!!! Yes a lot of men dont know how to preform a TSE or correctly ...every guy should do the self examination monthly.
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    May 16, 2013 6:49 PM GMT
    For those who want to know the proper method of monitoring for testicular cancer, check out (hottie) Dr. Christian Jessen from the UK television series "Embarrasing Bodies" with a sports team:


    Or his collegue Dr. Dawn Harper, demonstrating it on a, um, athletic young man:


    (you will have to log in to YouTube to watch these due to adult content)
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    Jun 03, 2013 7:14 AM GMT
    Do they still put in a replacement prosthetic testicle after they take out the bad one? I had a friend years ago who had one removed because it was cancerous. He was pissed because the doctor measured his other one for the size of the prosthetic replacement, which comes in sizes small, medium, and large, and his was a small. I suggested that he ask the doctor to put in 2, then he'd be the only guy with 3 nuts. He wasn't amused.