Have A friend Diagnosed With Testicular Cancer

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   Posted 6/2/2011 11:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello All:
I have a friend who has recently been diagnosed with testicular cancer.  He is facing surgery very soon.  I have recommended this wonderful forum but I cannot find anything specific to his needs. Any recommendations that I can pass on to him?

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   Posted 6/2/2011 11:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Try this for starters:


Post Edited By Moderator (James C.) : 6/3/2011 8:33:40 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/2/2011 11:59 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks David.  He is only 30 years old and this new forum will help him, as things are moving very fast for him.


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   Posted 6/3/2011 3:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Skate, -

Although Testicular Cancer is a relatively rare male malignancy, accounting for only 1% of all male Cancers, it is the MOST common Cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 34.

It is most common in white men, especially those of Scandinavian descent. The testicular cancer rate has more than doubled among white men in the past 40 years, but has only recently begun to increase among black men. The reason for the racial differences in incidence is not known.

Fortunately, it is also one of the most curable male Cancers with a 95% cure rate. During 2008, there were 8,090 new cases diagnosed and only 380 mortalities. This constitutes a death to diagnosis ratio of just 5%. The only Cancer site with a lower ratio was Thyroid Cancer at 4%. (source: American Cancer Society)

Testicular Cancer is rather THOROUGHLY addressed at the following National Cancer Website.

I suggest he visit it for detailed information. I hope this helps! – John@newPCa.org (aka) az4peaks

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   Posted 6/3/2011 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Lance Armstrongs book about his tx for testicular cancer is an eye opener. Guess he was about the same age or younger.
Dx with PCA 12/08 2 out of 12 cores positive 4.5 psa
59 yo when diagnosed, 61 yo 2010
Robotic surgery 5/09
Gleason upgraded to 3+5, volume less than 10%
2 pads per day, 1 depends but getting better,
started ED tx 7/17, slow go
Post op dx of neuropathy
T2C left lateral and left posterior margins involved
3 months psa.01, 6 month psa.4
Started IMRT Jan. 2010 72gys
7month post SRT PSA.27

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   Posted 6/3/2011 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I had the surgery a number of years ago.

No surgery is fun, but compared to an open prostatectomy it's a piece of cake. They do a small incision below the belt and go get the guy from there. Sounds wretched, but it ain't that bad. No catheter; no side effects.

It's a pretty simple surgery, so getting the best surgeon on the continent isn't nearly as important as it is with PCa.

Good luck to your buddy with the cancer. It is usually very treatable. As for the surgery, tell him to relax. He'll be fine.

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   Posted 6/3/2011 10:58 PM (GMT -6)   
Paul, the better half had TCa in 1995. His TX was surgery followed by radiation. While the surgeries weren't terrible, they were not side effect free. Paul endured well with the exception of his testosertone level; which dropped to zip.
Radiation side effects were not horrible but, they were diefinately present, and took quite a while to recover from in general. Good news is, it is one of the more treatable cancers and today, Paul is cancer free. Knocking on wood as we speak and thanking God for his good health.
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