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OT: 6 weeks before I get married, a doctor tells me I have cancer...a health warning.

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Rohan, Apr 9, 2012.

  1. Rohan
    Joined: Aug 24, 2010
    Posts: 26

    from Australia

    Hey guys. I know this is off-topic for the HAMB, but I thought it was an important enough issue to raise with a forum made up of mostly guys. Hopefully my story may prevent anyone else with similar symptoms holding off from seeing a doctor, and get any unusual changes checked out as soon as possible.

    I got some pretty bad news a few weeks ago...I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. I'm 27.

    Story with more details about the diagnosis on my blog here:

    But for those with short attention spans, see below.

    Cliffs for the tl;dr crowd.

    1. I have gastroparesis, which means my stomach muscles are paralysed, and I haven't been able to eat or drink anything since October 2010, so I get fed liquid nutrition 20 hours a day via a pump machine and tube surgically inserted below my stomach. (see this post for more info and photos: )

    2. Saw a GP on Wednesday 14th March about suspicious swelling and hardness of my right testicle. He's concerned and orders an ultrasound the next day.

    3. Had ultrasound Thursday 15th, get results, GP uses the terms 'cancer', 'prepare for the worst' and 'sorry'. On my fiance's 23rd birthday. Her mum died of brain and lung cancer when she was 15.

    4. Saw urology specialist Friday 16th, looking at scans and after a brief physical examination, they say there's a 98% likelihood I have testicular cancer, and the right testicle/tumour will need to be removed ASAP. :eek:

    5. Fiance's bridal shower Saturday 17th, was a bit hard for her to enjoy the party under the circumstances.

    6. Went to hospital afternoon of Monday 19th for pre-surgery appointments with anesthetist, nurse, urologist and pharmacist.

    7. Went in for surgery at 7am Wednesday 21st, right testicle is removed through an incision near my hip.

    Couple of photos of the incision site here:

    8. Got home afternoon of Thursday 22nd in a fair bit of pain, after having a CT scan to find out whether the cancer has spread anywhere else.

    9. Rested in bed for several day in varying levels of discomfort.

    10. Had post-surgery doctor's appointment Monday 26th, CT scans and bloods came back clear, cancer hasn't spread!! :D

    11. Made appointment with urology doctor to get tumour biopsy results on April 16th, when they will know what type of cancer it was, how fast it was growing, and if I need more treatment in the form of chemotherapy or radiotherapy. There's still a 2% chance the tumour was benign, but it's very unlikely.

    12. I will be referred to an oncologist to discuss the above, not sure about the date.

    13. Wedding April 28th.

    Conclusion: If you start to notice anything unusual about your nads, get to a doctor ASAP to have it checked out. It might be embarrassing, but the faster you jump on a nasty disease like cancer, the better the chance you have of beating it before it spreads.

    So does anyone have personal experience with testicular cancer, and some success stories?
    Joined: Mar 28, 2012
    Posts: 12

    from Olympia WA

    I can relate to your situation. I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer 4 months after getting married. I'm lucky, looks like the surgeon got it all, will know more in a few weeks. Got my fingers crossed for you!
  3. doliak
    Joined: Nov 14, 2007
    Posts: 166


    Man thats a bummer all round hope everything works out for you. Congrats on gettin hitched though.
  4. so_dak_kid
    Joined: Oct 12, 2010
    Posts: 324


    Hang in there Rohan! I went though the same thing back in 2009. Mine was stage 3 and I was put through the ringer with surgeries and chemo therapy and I'm still here! Keep a positive attitude, you'll get through it!

  5. hvychvy
    Joined: Jul 21, 2005
    Posts: 1,874


    Hang in there bro,hope everything comes back in the clear!!
  6. trollst
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
    Posts: 1,894


    Had a huge tumor removed from my neck last Oct 2, turned out benign, went from my jaw to my heart, got an ear to ear scar and the scare of a lifetime. Hang in there, it'll go good.
  7. rld14
    Joined: Mar 30, 2011
    Posts: 1,609


    Testicular? No. Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma? Yes.

    If youre clear after losing one testicle count yourself lucky indeed. Watch your sugar intake as well.
  8. Sheep Dip
    Joined: Dec 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,572

    Sheep Dip
    from Central Ca

    Best of luck to you and congrats on the upcoming wedding.
  9. Rohan, thanks for the good advice - good luck to you, your goolies and for the wedding.

    Good to get all the crap out of the way early!!
  10. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    A little less than a year ago my nephew, 19, was diagnosed with testicular cancer, operated on 10 days later, and having chemo therapy for some time later. The Dr told him after diagnosis to get to a sperm bank immediately if he had any plans of having his own children and he did.
    His fiancee has stuck with him so far so maybe they'll make the 2013 wedding date.

    Best of luck to you and yours! We'll pray for you as we pray for our nephew for a long life and many adopted children if the "real" thing doesn't work out!
  11. HellRaiser
    Joined: Jun 14, 2006
    Posts: 1,240

    from Podunk, NE

    Well, Rohan, you did get life's wake up call of what's important in life and what's not. Many folks don't get that until way late in their life

    Your tale is on topic because there are many, many survivors here. Me too. As this forum is mostly posted by men, it is fitting that everyone be aware of what some of the various cancer's symptoms are.

    The survival rate these days is so much better when it is caught early, like yours.

    So give that gal of yours a great big smooch from us here on the HAMB.

    Congradulations on your up coming marriage, and for now becoming a survivor.

  12. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,605


    thanks for sharing
  13. young'n'poor
    Joined: Jan 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,280

    from Anoka. MN

    I'm only 25 and my wife is constantly nagging me for avoiding the doctor for things I say are nothing but she says are worth looking at. I appreciate you sharing this, it scares me shitless to think that my stubbornness could let something treatable turn into a death sentence.

    Again, thank you for sharing this with us, especially the young fellas.
  14. 150 Wagon
    Joined: Nov 26, 2011
    Posts: 44

    150 Wagon

    Your getting married in 18 days, wow that in it's self is a big deal.....congratulations. Your bout with cancer on the other hand is a little more dicey, what you have gone through couldn't have been pleasant physically or mentally. It's good that you caught it early. Good luck on being cancer free.
  15. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 28,147


    That was a close one. For all of you who have been though bouts with cancer and those that might in the future do one thing, make sure that you go in for each and every follow up checkup after that even years later. My dad didn't and it came back and got him too soon.
  16. You've had some bad stuff thrown your way but congrats on beating it all and getting married!

    I just went for a full checkup, everything, doing okay but I don't take it for granted anymore. Co-worker's son is 19, just had his entire colon removed.
  17. czuch
    Joined: Sep 23, 2008
    Posts: 2,688

    from vail az

    I wish you the best in a long life with a beautiful bride.
    A friend of mine had the same thing. He went through all the standard issue hell that goes with it. NEVER worry about getting checked. It dosent affect your manhood at all. Certainly not like a weird scar. Prostate exam same,same. My Dr. is a teacher. Had the exam scheduled and he "just happened" to have 5 students that day.
    Dosent seem so bad now, does it?
  18. BOP-Nut
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
    Posts: 746


    Hate to hear that man. Hoping it stays away and you heal up right quick!
  19. y-oh-y
    Joined: Feb 14, 2012
    Posts: 116


    20+ year testicular cancer surviver here. embrinal carsonoma and seminoma, 3 tumors, 1 nut. Still alive and kicking, doing well.

    I wish you the best, Mark
  20. y-oh-y
    Joined: Feb 14, 2012
    Posts: 116


    If I can be of any help feel free to PM me. Mark
  21. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 6,076


    Have a friend that had Testicular cancer about 30 years ago. Went on to get married and have two kids and he's still going strong. Today they have even better knowledge and methods, so hang in there - we're all praying for you and you'll come through this fine! You Aussies are a tough lot.
  22. mtflat
    Joined: Jan 28, 2003
    Posts: 422


    At 23 my youngest son went thru the same thing. Two and a half years later he's still clear and thankful. He caught it early and the outcome was good. Also he and his wife have a two yr old son : )

    Now at 26 he tells the "one nut" jokes and life is good.

    All the best - on your recovery and your marriage!
  23. hang in their dude, i survived it 20 years ago and have a younger brother that has survived it TWICE in the last 10 years.
  24. frank spittle
    Joined: Jan 29, 2009
    Posts: 1,672

    frank spittle

    Thanks for sharing Rohan. There are many, many cancer survivers on the HAMB including myself. Mine came late in my life but cancer does not know the age of it's victims. I pray your outcome will continue to be as good as it has been so far. You are brave to share yours with us and have the right frame of mind. Listen to his words of wisdom guys.
  25. skull
    Joined: Jun 26, 2007
    Posts: 498


    l will keep you in my thoughts.:)

    just today l am trying to revive a plan l have had for a long time, build a street legal dirt style car like they raced in the 1960's using a 1940ish dodge body l have and take it out to raise money for cancer patients and research.

    cancer has been in my family and it sucks:(

    l want to help others in there time of hardship. maybe by giving of myself, it may make someone's life better.

    take care of you're self and please, keep us updated.

    Later :cool:
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2012
  26. 53Hattie
    Joined: Mar 11, 2010
    Posts: 374


    Sorry to hear about your circumstance, prayers & positive thoughts coming your way! Chin up, forge on ahead, ...keep that upper lip stiff! I've had a triple bypass & valve replacement myself, ...amongst other things. Just figure that any day I wake-up & can stand-up & motate,'s a good one! "Above ground, vertical, and breathing" as the saying goes!
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2012
  27. carnut341
    Joined: Oct 20, 2008
    Posts: 151


    Sorry to hear about your problems there Buddy. We'll be praying for you!
  28. d-luxdave
    Joined: Oct 22, 2011
    Posts: 40

    from nevada

    Congratulations on your wedding. And stay strong
  29. so_dak_kid
    Joined: Oct 12, 2010
    Posts: 324


    cool idea, thanks for sharing!
  30. OlSchoolCruizin
    Joined: May 18, 2009
    Posts: 105

    from Tampa, fl

    Good luck with everything man and thanks for the post. Its definitely a reminder to pay attention to our health rather than avoiding doctors. I wish you and your soon to be wife all the best and I hope you kick this thing as soon as possible.

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