ozzie95973's Journey with Testicular Cancer

Survivor: Testicular Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment less than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 6 years ago, Male, Age: 37

  1. 1
    almost 5 years ago
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    Diagnosed

    Oh No

    Those moments when your just suppose to be told "it's nothing to worry about" turn out to be cancer. It was like in the movie 50/50. Everything went silent and all I could understand was that I had cancer. I broke down and life was never the same.

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  2. 2
    almost 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had to remove my left testical and that was not fun. But I decided whatever I had to do to save my life I was going to do it. After chemo I was getting pet/ct scans to keep an eye on a tumor that was being treated in my pelvic area. 8 months later there was some activity spotted, they recommended surgery. RPLND surgery and this is no walk in the park either, complications was the tumor had absorbed my urethra line and they had to cut it and reattach it to my bladder. The tumor was removed successfully and no traces of cancer was found. I went home with a catheter and a stint in my bladder also. Neither were fun procedures to remove. But thankfully still healing and I'm alive.

    Went as Expected: Disagree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Agree
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  3. 3
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    Bleomycin, etopiside, cisplatin were my treatments. For 5 months I was treated. My schedule was being treated for 5 days a wk 8 hrs days. It wasn't fun nor were the side effects.

    Easy to Do: Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Disagree
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  4. 4
    almost 5 years ago
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    Chemo brain

    Side Effects

    Chemo brain and other side effects minor but still annoying.

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  5. 5
    almost 5 years ago
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    Decision Point

    When my pet/ct scan came back active. I was at a cross road that meant either get more chemo or remove the tumor. Which required major surgery... I went with surgery and I'm still healing.

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