I got out of the hospital today after surgery, for what looked like testicular cancer, and as a result have a (very sore) scar on my abdomen and 1 less testicle 🙁
On the upside my CT scan result was negative for lymph node enlargement and there were no tumour markers in my blood. The surgeon told me that I need to get the path lab report to be sure but he cut the removed testicle open in the theatre and it looked like a seminoma to him. Seminoma is a cancer of the germ cells in the testicle. It is very treatable. See the Testicular Cancer Resource Centre or the Cancer Research UK Testicular Cancer page for more details.
So, assuming it is a seminoma, he will be referring me to an another doctor for further treatment options. I’ll probably get some radio treatment to the lower back lymph nodes as a precaution just in case any of the cancerous cells have spread to the lymph nodes but haven’t had time to manifest yet.
I’ll also arrange some sort of surveillance schedule for the next few years. All in all a better outcome than some other possibilities.