Beating Testicular Cancer: One Man's Story
Question: How did you discover you had testicular cancer?
Question: What happened when you met with the urologist?
Question: What was your first reaction when the urologist gave you the news?
Question: What treatment did your doctors prescribe? Did they present you with just one, or a number of treatment options?
Question: What did you do immediately after being told you had cancer?
Question: What was your wife's reaction?
Question: Did you tell your children?
Question: Other than your immediate family, did you tell anyone else?
Question: Did you seek a second opinion before going forward with treatment?
Question: Did you do any research on your own after you were diagnosed, and if so, where (library, online, medical journals)?
Question: How did radiation affect your overall health immediately after receiving it?
Question: Did the treatment totally cure you of testicular cancer?
Question: What type of follow-up treatment, if any, do you receive now? How often do you have to go in for checkups?
Question: Did the condition initially, or since treatment, have any effect on your love life?
Question: Has the condition had any overall effect on your health?
Question: Can you describe your thoughts and feelings right before and right after the operation?
Question: Since the operation, has the condition had any overall effect on your outlook on life?
Question: What else about testicular cancer and your having had this condition would you share with or tell to others?
How To Do Testicular Self-Examination (TSE)
- Stand in front of the mirror. Look for any swelling on the skin of the scrotum.
- Examine each testicle with both hands. The index and middle fingers should be placed under the testicle while the thumbs are placed on the top. Gently roll the testicle between the thumbs and fingers. It's normal for one testicle to be larger than the other.
- Find the epididymis (the soft, tube-like structure at the back of the testicle that collects and carries the sperm). Do not mistake the epididymis for an abnormal lump.
- If you find a lump, contact your doctor right away. Most lumps are found on the sides of the testicle, but some appear on the front. Remember that testicular cancer is highly curable, especially when treated promptly.
For more information on testicular cancer:
National Cancer Institute http://www.cancer.gov
The Testicular Cancer Resource Center http://www.acor.org/TCRC
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