The good news is that it’s one of the best kinds to have in terms of its treatability (testicular), and that we likely caught it early.
I discovered a lump under a testicle a while ago and figured it was nothing. But it didn’t go away in the time period I thought was logical, so I finally went to get it checked out. My wife also didn’t think it was anything, but encouraged me to get it checked out. My primary care doctor, upon examination, also didn’t think it was anything, but out of abundance of caution, sent me on for an ultrasound. I was able to get in for an ultrasound the same day (which was this past Thursday).
The first significant sign of a problem was the fact that my doctor’s office called me before I’d even managed to leave the parking lot of the ultrasound office. The ultrasound supervising doctor had called them immediately afterward to relay the results. They told me I needed to have an appointment with a urologist right away.
My appointment with the urologist was yesterday. The kind of amazing thing I learned first was that my doctor, my wife and I were all correct—the lump I’d found was nothing to be concerned about. But thanks to my doctor’s precaution, they’d found the dangerous mass in the other testicle. So, I’m amazingly lucky on that front.
The urologist pointed out that these types of cancers are usually fairly fast growing, and given the small size of the mass, we’d probably caught it very early. But for the same reason, he wants to deal with the situation quickly. So, I’m having surgery next week to remove the offending testicle and its accoutrements (“radical” or “inguinal” orchiectomy), and I get to be laid up for a bit recovering while the mass is tested. I’m also having a CT scan this week to see if anything has spread yet.
I admit to being scared, but again, IF in fact this is cancer (“highly likely” were the urologist’s words), it’s highly treatable. I’m told that even if it has spread, this variety responds extremely well both to radiation and chemotherapy, so my odds for a full recovery are really high either way, and I’d likely need just a small number of treatments.
So, that’s the story. Honestly, I feel a bit guilty saying “I may have cancer” when there are plenty of people who know they do and are having to deal with something that has a far worse prognosis than what I might be dealing with. But I share because it helps me a bit mentally to have it out there, and I know there are plenty of folks here who have gone through such a scare (or worse) who may have things of value to share, which I’d definitely appreciate.