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Rete Testis Invasion ='s Radiation Treatment?

mattkarch
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Joined: Sep 2009

Stage I Testicular Cancer..

I went to see a Radiation Oncologist about possible treatment for my Stage I Testicular Cancer. He strongly suggests radiation treatments due to the fact that my tumor extended into the rete testis. He says this is a possible high risk factor for relapse. He provided me with a study out of Europe to show me why he was suggesting radiation treatment.

Any Suggestons? Comments? Questions? That may help me in deciding my course of treatment?

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BroadwayJoe
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Dear Matt-

I'm kinda in the same boat. But my radiologist gave me the choice of radiation or chemo. I'm going ahead with the radiation for now, but I would suggest talking to a medical oncoligst and see what they have to say. Thats what I'm doing, and so I may yet have to have chemo as well, but if it knocks the cancer out of me it will be worth it. Good luck on your treatments and remember you are not alone. -Joe-

mattkarch
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What is your staging and why are they suggesting treatment?

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BroadwayJoe
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I am at stage 2 with lymphatic invasion. So now am deciding on a treatment regiment since the surgery. My surgeon seemed pretty confident that he got it all but when I talked with a Radiologist/Oncologist he suggested I may want to think about doing chemo. The side effects are nastier with chemo from what I understand, but if the cancer has mets I may not have a choice. I'm meeting with a medical oncologist in a couple weeks to discuss the whole chemo vs radiation senerio and will make a treatment decision from there. I had blood work done a week ago and my tumor markers are still elevated, even though they did'nt see anything on my last CT scan, so I'm tending to lean twoards the chemo. Either way I'm trying to avoid another sugery if at all possible.

mattkarch
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Joined: Sep 2009

Please feel free to e-mail me @ mattkarch1980@gmail.com As I may be able to offer some suggestions to folks dealing with Stage I Testicula Cancer

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