Jul 05, 2004 - 5:27 pm
When my cancer was diagnosed I was in last stage with the cancer spread from one testicle to abdomen and throughout both lungs. After testicle removal and 4 rounds of the Einhorn Series chemo, all signs of cancer were gone. Urologists/oncologists wanted to remove all the lymph nodes "to err on the side of caution." But from what I was reading in medical library, there seemed no better survival rate for those who had the lymph node removal. I got a second opinion from an oncologist who contacted the University of Indiana on my behalf. I was advised the lymph node disection would not offer me any real benefit, while almost certainly preventing me from ever ejaculating again. It would seem there are quality of life issues with this surgery, as well as cost/benefit issues that some doctors will be happy to make for you if one does not take the responsibility to make them for themselves, and to get second and third opinion if necessary. It was 1983 and I elected to forego the lymph node disection. It was a good decision for me.