This last week my husband and I went to the docter because he found a lump in his testicles. It was removed that day. They did bloodwork, xray and ct scan, and biopsy on the lump is being done this week. The lump was the size of a walnut before he told me about it and it hasn't even been a week since he told me.
The docter called lastnight saying that there were three small specks on his lungs. They did not show up on the xray because they were so small but showed up on the ct scan. He also would not state weather or not this is cancer, but referred us to the Lance Armstrong Foundation (kind of a hint huh?) We have a checkup on Thursday this week and find out what exactly the biopsy says along with the bloodwork. I am really stressed about this whole thing. We are too young, have three wonderful kids and a whole life ahead of us. The only question in my mind is WHY? I know you are never handed more than you can handle, but at this point I feel as if I have been handed to much.
You will also be in my thoughts and prayers as you face this difficult situation.
As a former cyclist, I have know Lance since he was 14 yrs old. He is a wonderful person, and I am sure his foundation will be a wealth of information and help to you and your family. My grandmother survived cancer to the ripe old age of 92, and my mother is a surviver at 84.
He's your friend,your partner,your defender your dog.You are his life,his love,his leader. He will be yours faithful and true to the last beat of his heart.You owe it to him to worthy of such devotion
remember God is in control...no matter how bad things look. also remember for all of us the main thing is to be ready to meet our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ when the time comes...because no matter how long we live down here..eternity is forever. i pray God will work a miracle in your lives. karen
Just thought I would let everyone know how the Docter appointment and follow up went today.
We got some good news and bad news. The doctor started with the bad news so that is how I am going to start also.
The bad news is it is cancer.
The good news is It is a selonoma cancer (which means it responds very quickly to any treatments), and they are confident that it has been caught early enough, and has not spread.
The three spots on his lungs they feel had nothing to do with the cancer and feel they are calcium deposits. Selonoma Testicular Cancer spreads from the testicles to the lymph nodes in the groin and stomach area first, it does not just jump to the lungs. The CT scan of that area looked very remarkable and clear. He has to go back in 2 months for another CT scan and then another 2 months after that he has to go in for another one. This is to make sure the specks on his lungs have not grown. If they do grow he will have to do Chemotherapy treatments, and this type of cancer is very weak to chemotherapy, so highly curable.
The day after Christmas we have an appointment with the Doctor to set up radiation treatments in the Cancer center at Gunderson Lutheran in LaCrosse. They want to do radiation incase there are some cancer cells left in his body that did not show up on the CT scan they can kill them right away before anything else develops. These will start January 7th, we just have to set up the times. They are about an hour long and will radiate in abdomenal area on the right side. (Basically from the bottom of the ribs down to the groin area.) The radiation only lasts 2 minutes each time. Matt has to have 18 radiation treatments and this goes from Monday to Friday for 3 1/2 weeks. He can go home and the only side effect of this is nausea. They are going to put him on some medication before he starts the treatments so that it can curb the nausea. He should not get weak and can go on his normal activites while he is having radiation. This type of cancer is very weak to treatments (there is non-selonoma cancer that is very hard to get rid of and thankfully that is not what he has) and they are going to attack it with very low doses.
After he is finished up with the radiation he has to have a CT scan and bloodwork to check for tumor markers every six months for a couple of years and then after that he will only have to do it once a year for a couple years to get his clearance. The long term side effect of the radiation is possible bowel obstruction, which they can correct by surgically removing the scar tissue and there is no risk of infertility (thankfully). He also now has a higher risk of developing Testicular cancer in the other side, so they will keep any eye on that too.
Just to also let everyone know, he does not want any sympathy, so please don't act sympathetic around him at Christmastime. I mean you can ask him how he is doing, but don't keep that as the main topic of conversation. I just thought I would let everyone know that. I don't know why he feels this way, he just has mentioned it to me a couple times.
Thank you so much for all your thoughts and prayers for us, it has really helped us stay strong this past week. I am sure we will need many more over the next couple months to keep us strong. It still is really hard to believe that this is really happening to us.
Some statistics from the Doctors: 1 in 4 people will develop a type of cancer in their lifetime. 1 in 200,000 men will develop testicular cancer in their lifetime I found those to be very fascinating myself.
I'm so happy that it is a form that responds well to treatment is is most likely not the cause of the spots on the lungs. While I am sorry for the bad news, I know you have to be relieved that this will respond well to treatment. Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers.
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