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11/14/2016 Latest post:
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.” ― Bob Marley
On Monday, October 10th, Chris went to the doctor regarding an abnormal growth which had gotten bigger over the course of the previous month. After an eventful 4 days filled with appointments, pokes, blood tests, and exams – Chris was prepared for surgery on Friday, October 14th to remove his right testicle due to cancer. Surgery was successful.
The following week, Chris met with his surgeon Dr. Rieder, to discuss the pathology results from the biopsy - which confirmed testicular cancer; classic seminoma. He was referred to Dr. Dylan Zylla, who will be his oncologist for the foreseeable future.
Chris’ PETscan & MRI took place on Friday, October 28th and we met with Dr. Zylla on Tuesday, November 1st, to discuss the results of the scans and the treatment plan ahead.
Chris has Stage 2B testicular cancer, and will begin chemotherapy on November 14th. There will be a few additional PET scans after the first few rounds of chemo, to determine the progress of his treatment. Once chemotherapy is finished, Chris will most likely undergo surgery on his right kidney to remove a small lesion, unless chemo takes care of it.
The great news is a favorable prognosis, with testicular cancer cure rates averaging about 95%. This appears to be a fast growing cancer, so we are hopeful the aggressive chemotherapy treatment is successful in getting Chris back to 100%.
Please feel free to give Chris any chemo tips, or share any advice ~ thank you for your support!