Nov 28, 2004 - 10:43 pm
Hi, Guys (I guess at this discussion using the term "guys" isn't non-PC, eh?)...
I am a colon cancer survivor and I am concerned that I may have developed testicular cancer.
Over the past month I have found myself hitting a wall at about 1 pm (falling asleep at my desk), craving sugars (not like me at all), seen my performance on the treadmill fall off, found myself short of breath after climbing 3 flights of stairs, and seen some minor spotting on occassion in the skivvies... Last night I palpated what I believe to be a fairly large lump on my right "guy" - located near where the epididymous should be.
I am an active duty Coast Guard officer with onlty about 6 months left on my tour as second in command of a ship - I really need to complete that tour in order to be eligible for command in a couple years. Can you tell me:
(a) Your thoughts on my symptoms - anything sound familiar?
(b) Your treatment regime - I did 6 months of chemo for my colon cancer and would like to push to remain on the ship as second in command during any chemo/rad treatment I might receive.
(c) Tell me about the orchi... orch... nut-ectomy. How long was your recovery time? What limitations did you have immediately following surgery?
(d) Thoughts on a prostetic testicle? After reading some of the posts I was surprised to see that some folks didn't think it was all it was cracked up to be.
Thanks in advance for your candid replies, guys...
By the way - ABarTender, I remember you from my very first attempt to go onto the chat board. Thanks again for your help that day back in 2002 - BTW, I still steer clear of it - too many moving parts. A man's gotta know his limitations!