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: http://carscameraschronicillness.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/so-six-weeks-before-i-get-married.html 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: http://carscameraschronicillness.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/my-jejunostomy-tube-swap-1-back-story.html ) 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. 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: http://carscameraschronicillness.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/battle-scars.html 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!! 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?