Aug 17, 2009 - 8:54 pm
I had my right testicle removed 2 years ago, a week before my 31st birthday and 2 days after a doc visit to investigate my swollen testicle. the entire process went so fast that i barely had time to process what was happening to me. i was lucky, the pathology report revealed my tumor to be a pure seminoma in stage 1 (PT1 to be exact...not sure what PT means). Following the advice of my oncologist, I took 2 treatments of chemotherapy (carboplatin). I was told that without the treatment I am facing a 20% chance to relapse but only a 2% chance of relapse if i took the chemotherapy. hey, 2% sounds pretty good so i went that route. I have been on surveillance ever since and all blood work is and has been fine (although not a very good indicator as the markers do not apply to seminoma as much as non-sem). Since then, life has been great. When the topic of cancer ever came up, I would feel guilty as i have rarely even thought about my cancer as it was all over so quick. It was only a passing thought once every few months during my CT/blood work check ups. a year passed, i got married and now my wife is 6 months pregnant with our first child. we are both so excited. everything has been wonderful. until last week...
My latest CT revealed a <2cm mass in my retroperitoneal lymph node. My world has been shattered once again...i dont know what to think. only 2% chance to relapse!?!? I have a PET scan two days from now to determine if its cancer but my doc wants to biopsy regardless of the outcome of that scan. its hard to find information on people in my situation with potential relapse testicular cancer. I dont know if the next step will be chemo, radiation, or surgery. I am quite confused and looking for answers. has anyone had this experience?