So It’s Official…

I had, and still possibly have, testicular cancer.

The good news: the primary tumor was removed last Friday using a radical orchiectomy.

The bad news: I am still waiting on lab work to come back to determine if I still have it.

I had my follow up on Tuesday with my urologist, who referred me to a good oncologist friend of his (who happened to be in the same building and saw us on a walk-in basis). The oncologist explained that the cure rate for this cancer was upwards of 98%, and since they know very little about what activates the germ cells in the the testicles to grow, the cure rate is suprisingly high and it was extremely predictable.

He explained that the spread of the cancer was so predictable that they even know where to look next, and what lab work to run, and that even a small spike in the lab work is enough indication to start chemotherapy (which is the only option for the type of cell I have) and that chemo is extremely effective in eliminating this type of cell.

So, now I wait. Today (when this is posting) I have an appointment with the lab workers to draw more blood so they can check my markers. NEXT Friday I have a chest x-ray and more lab draws. If the lab draws some back normal, I am in what is called “surveillance.” If they are still messed up, it indicates active disease, and I will receive chemotherapy soon after that.

Pray that it doesn’t get that far.

While you are doing that, check out the Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network and help out or get involved if you can.

  • Marc

    Good luck from WV!!

  • Marc

    Good luck from WV!!

  • http://twitter.com/paramedic0750 stephan deguise

    keep your hope up and keep on fighting best of energy to you

  • http://twitter.com/paramedic0750 stephan deguise

    keep your hope up and keep on fighting best of energy to you

  • Christine

    Hang in there! When I was diagnosed with bladder cancer a few years ago, I think I was in shock for about 3 months. That was a good thing – I was too shocked to be really scared. Get the best doctors you can and do what they tell you to do. Take the time to relax (as much as possible) and let your body heal. I hope you don’t have to go through any further treatment and that your ordeal is now over! You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers!

  • Christine

    Hang in there! When I was diagnosed with bladder cancer a few years ago, I think I was in shock for about 3 months. That was a good thing – I was too shocked to be really scared. Get the best doctors you can and do what they tell you to do. Take the time to relax (as much as possible) and let your body heal. I hope you don’t have to go through any further treatment and that your ordeal is now over! You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers!

  • http://thesocialmedic.net Dave Konig

    Wow, sorry to hear about this Russell. While the diagnosis isn’t good, at least the prognosis is positive since they caught it early. I truly hope your treatment started and ended with the procedure and I’ll be sending positive thoughts your way.

  • http://thesocialmedic.net Dave Konig

    Wow, sorry to hear about this Russell. While the diagnosis isn’t good, at least the prognosis is positive since they caught it early. I truly hope your treatment started and ended with the procedure and I’ll be sending positive thoughts your way.

  • http://everydayemstips.com Greg Friese

    Been thinking about you a lot and sending lots of positive thoughts your way. Be well.

  • http://everydayemstips.com/ Greg Friese

    Been thinking about you a lot and sending lots of positive thoughts your way. Be well.

  • Michellecomeslast

    You’re in my prayers, too! Good luck from Washington!

  • Michellecomeslast

    You’re in my prayers, too! Good luck from Washington!