PastorDavis' Journey with Testicular Cancer

Survivor: Testicular Cancer

Patient Info: Finished active treatment more than 5 years ago, Diagnosed: over 33 years ago, Male, Age: 49, Stage 0

  1. 1
    about 5 years ago
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    Whether to have the surgery and treatment(s) or not.

    Decision Point

    I was 16 at the time so, I didn't really get to choose my course. My Mother made the choice for me.

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  2. 2
    about 5 years ago
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    Removal of testicle

    Procedure or Surgery

    This was only number 1 of what was going to be 3 surgeries.

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

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    The chemotherapy was worse than the disease. I was on an inpatient regimen over 5 days with 1 each of 3 drugs on day one, 2 drugs on each of days 2 and 3 and 1 drug for each of the remaining 2 days. I was to get a single dose of one of the drugs the following week in my hometown hospital but wound up being admitted every time due to a low white blood cell count. So, not only did I get my one dose of chemo but 4 days of I.V. antibiotics. I would be discharged on Saturday and then right back to the 5 day regimen the following Monday. All this went on for 4 1/2 months to prep me for my second surgery.

    Easy to Do: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Not Specified
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  4. 4
    about 5 years ago
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    Fatigue (tiredness)

    Side Effects

    The chemotherapy saps the life right out of you and makes every part of your body ache. I would lay in bed at night and my hair would actually hurt. What little bit of hair that I had left, that is.

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  5. 5
    about 5 years ago
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    Open retroperitoneal lymph node removal

    Procedure or Surgery

    After 9 1/2 hours on the operating table to remove a tumor that was attached to my kidney (which was bigger than my kidney) as well as removing all of the lymph nodes in my abdomen and down along the femoral artery on the side where the testicular tumor was, I awoke in ICU with all kinds of tubes coming out of me and a few monitors attached to my chest. While they were doing a chest x-ray before the surgery started, to insure the placement of the heart catheter, they saw a spot on my right lung that they didn't like. Yes friends, a 3rd surgery was in my future. The first round of chemotherapy killed every living cancer cell that was in that big tumor. I give God more credit than the doctors or the drugs though. It was He who brought me through it all.

    Went as Expected: Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Disagree
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Disagree
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  6. 6
    about 5 years ago
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    Surgery

    Procedure or Surgery

    I had a small tumor removed from my right lung which turned out to be benign. It had to be removed in order to determine if I was terminal or not. Obviously, that wasn't the case. After a few days with a chest tube in, I was well enough to have it removed and I was discharged the next day. Now, I was on my journey to my next round of chemotherapy.

    Went as Expected: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Recovery: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Side Effects: Strongly Agree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Strongly Agree
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  7. 7
    about 5 years ago
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    Chemotherapy

    Drug or Chemo Therapy

    My second round of chemo was a somewhat aggressive drug that I received through I.V. once a month for 4 months. I only lost half of my hair this time and didn't get anywhere near as wiped out as the first time. My treatments ended in time for me to walk with my graduating class of high school even though I hadn't been able to attend classes that year. I did go back to night school the following year and obtained my diploma.

    Easy to Do: Neutral/NA
    Minimal Side Effects: Disagree
    Minimal Impact to Daily Life: Neutral/NA
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  8. 8
    about 5 years ago
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    Cured!!!

    Celebration

    After a few years of twice a year blood tests and CT scans, I was given a clean bill of health and was diagnosed as cured. I had stage 3 embryonal carcenoma that could have been treated much earlier had I spoken up when I first found the abnormality on my testicle. Because I put it off, I was a few weeks away from being stage 4 and terminal. The key to beating testicular cancer is early diagnosis. Don't go through what I endured due to my attitude of, "Oh, it will go away on its own." Cancer won't "go away." It must be treated and the earlier the better! I am a 27 year survivor and am now the Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church of Lovelock, Nevada. God keeps us for a reason ... what's yours?

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