Small lump.. Would blood tests have found other cancers?

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   Posted 3/21/2011 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi folks. More fun conversation.
I noticed a small mass of something inside my scrotum. Raisin size. Soft to the touch, non painful. It is not attached to a testicle, but feels almost like it's attached to a cord.
Had Davinchi 10 mo ago, SRT ended Feb 22/2010.
I will certainly bring this up to my uro at next visit in few months, however, i'd certainly appreciate some feed back for you guys.
(Updated) Dahhh, my question is about having had so many blood tests and scans, other cancers would have been picked up, right? Maybe?

Post Edited (BobCape) : 3/21/2011 9:47:45 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 3/21/2011 1:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Maybe its the bubble gum the surgeon lost during the operation? :) There are probably all kinds of possibilities, most of the benign in nature. Best to discuss those with a doctor. If it worries you, I'd just call the doc right away rather than keep worrying .
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   Posted 3/21/2011 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   

It is most likely a sperm filled cyst called a spermatocele. I have one, and it's been there for years.

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   Posted 3/21/2011 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys. Crazy stuff. I'm not even sure how all that plumbing works now. Post RRP, can have orgasim, but no ejaculate. So how does one end up with a sperm filled anythingdoohickie?

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   Posted 3/21/2011 5:23 PM (GMT -6)   
They left your testicles (at least so far shocked ). The sperm is still created, but the connecting tubes are gone, and the Prostate isn't there to add fluid, so it just gets absorbed back into your system.

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   Posted 3/21/2011 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I had it also and had sonargram, cancer was ruled out in the morning for that, then in the after noon was ruled in for prostate. Mine wasn't a spermatocele , have had those too. Had inpatient biopsy for testicular cancer 25 years ago, based on spermatocele. Gosh Im glad all those tests and procedures are behind me. They really are seasons in our life.
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   Posted 3/21/2011 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Soft is good. Hard, like a pea, is generally not good.
Sounds like a cyst.
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   Posted 3/22/2011 6:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I just had an operation to remove such a csyt from my scrotum as you are describing,  but in my case, my csyt was the size of a golf ball.  The technical term is spermatocele.  It is a sperm filled sac attached to one of the tubes that leave the testicle.  They are benign and will not cause you any harm and most uros just recommend leaving them alone unless they bother you. 
I had mine for 15 years before I decided to have it removed, and the only reason I got rid of it was that it was getting too big and crowding out my testicles.  Like I said , it was the size of a golf ball.
The surgery was a piece of cake, in and out in 30 min.  I felt absolutely zero pain or discomfort after the surgery. Some men have a lot of pain from this type of surgery, and so I was expecting a lot more then what I had.  My surgeon was even surprised when I told her that I had no pain or discomfort, NOTHING.
The size you are describing, I would recommend just leaving it alone. It might not grow any bigger, but if it does , then you can have it out at a later time.  Like I said it is benign and does not cause any harm.
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 Path - Negative margins, cancer in 20% examined tissue, Gleason 6
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