Dec 18, 2012 - 2:03 pm
This is how I got here:
11/3/12 - Went to nephews football game, lower left back started to hurt like I needed to stretch out. Got progressively worse and spread to my stomach. Wife thought I had a kidney stone and we went to the ER. CT scan was done where two masses were found, one was 3.6 cm the other was 1.8 cm. I was referred to a surgeon for a biopsy.
11/8/12 - I was directed to get a testicular ultra sound done. They were able to schedule me that day.
11/9/12 - I was refered to a urologist who specialized in oncolgy, he was able to see me the same day diagnosed me with Testicular Cancer and recommended an orchiectomy. He could see the mass from the ultrasound but had a hard time identifying it upon physical examination. Scheduled the orchiectomy and was informed I would likely need chemo and an RPLND. LDH slightly elevated.
11/15/12 - Left side IO (Just before Thanksgiving, good times)
11/26/12 - Met with Medical Oncologist and recieved Pathology report from Orchiectomy. Pathology showed no malignancy only fibrous tissue. MO would not order Chemo without further information wanted to consult with surgeon. Tumor markers normal.
11/30/12 - Had follow up appointment with Urologist. He informed me that there have been cases where TC tumors "burn out" because they grow too fast. He basically said there was nothing further that he could do and I would be under the care of the MO going forward.
12/3/12 - I had a needle guided biopsy of the larger tumor in my retroperitoneum (back). Only necrosis was found.
12/14/12 - PET scan, still waiting on results. My MO wants to consult with an interdisciplinary team before deciding what to do next.
Basically I have one doctor telling me I have cancer and one doctor telling me he can't find it. The frustrating part is the waiting and uncertainty. Looking online I can find very few cases like mine. I wanted to post this so that if others go through this they will know they aren't alone. I still have a little back pain and one less nut, but otherwise I'm feeling good.