I'm a 22 year old and was diagnosed with cancer about 3 weeks ago and it's been non stop fun ever since. I was complaining about testicular pain during a Fire Dept. physical and was referred to my primary care. She sent me to get an ultrasound and low and behold 2 spots on my right testicle, nothing I could feel with a self exam though. Anyway, went to one urologist doctor and wasn't getting good vibes from him. His name was Dr. Eric Choe (outside of Washington DC area), he sent me to get blood work done and then wanted to wait 3 weeks to see me again, I said no thanks and was on to my new doctor. Dr. Nicholas Lailis (Urology Group, Reston VA. and a one testicle man himself) got things moving immediately for me, and did not want to wait another second to get this bad boy out. I saw him on Tuesday, was in surgery Friday morning. The initial biopsy test came back as 100% Seminoma (the good kind). Well today, I had a follow up appointment and he gave me the news that the original biopsy had missed something. So now I find myself with 50% Seminoma, 25% Embryonal Carcinoma, and 25% Terratoma.
He said there are 3 possibilities for what could happen to me next. They monitor me every 3 months for 1 year, then twice a year for 4-5 more years. The next is 2 rounds of Chemo, I'm fine with that, and kind of had the feeling that is what it would come down to in the beginning, just one of those weird gut feelings. Then the last option would be to take out the lymph nodes on my right side (which includes a luxurious stay at a hospital for 5 days following) and then follow that up with chemo.
He is presenting my case to a "Tumor Board" on Wednesday, and I guess they'll decide what to do with me. I'm scared out of my mind for the surgery option, I really am.
Oh and on top of all of this, my girlfriend of two years dumped me 2 days before my surgery and already has a new boyfriend. I guess the saying holds true, when it rains, it pours.
I don't really know what I'm looking for by posting here, maybe some guidance, or a place to vent.
Thanks everyone, and sorry for the wall of text,