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Forum Name: Testicular Cancer
|Shemoore1 - Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:17 pm||
My 23 year old brother just advised me that he has had tumors growing on his left testicle for over a year now. He said that it has gotten to the point that his stomach aches from it and the pain travels down his left leg. He stated that the left testicle swells tremendously when hes standing but when he lies down, the swelling goes away. He does not have any pain in the testicle, but he does have an aching pain in the stomach and sharp pains that travel down his left leg.
In addition to this, he has started to grow tumors behind both of his ears. He has also lost weight. He refuses to go to the doctor! He has tried to impregnant his gf to determine if he is infertile, with no success. I should also mention that approximately two years ago, he caught gonnorhea and kept it a secret and did not receive any treatment for over 2mths because he did not know what was going on with his body. After having it for over 2mnths, he was in excrutiating pain in his lower abdomen and had to be taken to the emergency room for dx and treatment. He is embarrassed and ashamed and is scared to seek treatment.
He believes he has cancer and I'm so worried about him! What does this sound like to you? Do these sound like symptoms of testicular or prostate cancer.
|Faye Lang, RN, MSW - Fri Mar 20, 2009 2:39 pm||
The symptoms you describe for your brother could be any number of things, including cancer or encapsulated infection among others. Regardless, the symptoms must be addressed as soon as possible in order to have the best outcome. Do whatever you can to convince him to see his doctor at the earliest opportunity. Reassure him that there is no need to be embarrassed or ashamed; he is just one person among many with similar issues, and the medical provider should also reassure him. If his doctor is judgemental, see someone else. Whatever happens, it is urgent that his symptoms are medically evaluated. I wish him well.
Faye, RN, MSW
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