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Apr 27, 2021
We are sharing Nathaniel’s journey of testicular cancer which was diagnosed at the beginning of February. Testicular cancer is one of the most common cancers in young men and has a high cure rate. We are optimistic for a full recovery.
Nate found a mass on his testicle at the beginning of February. He scheduled an appt. with our primary doctor. She saw Nate and recommended an ultrasound to investigate. The ultrasound was positive for a tumor. He was referred to a urologist for further intervention. Urology ordered lab tests and a CT scan which was negative for lymphatic metastasis. The lab tests indicated he had elevated levels of HCG - which is common in testicular cancer. He was then scheduled for surgery (left radical orchiectomy) on February 25th for removal of the teste and it's mass. He “rocked” the surgery. We had a giggle as he was getting prepared for surgery and was drugged up, he informed his nurse that he indeed was a “rocker!” Pathology from the tumor indicated a cancer stage of IA which is the lowest grade, but the pathologist was unable to rule out spread of the cancer cells locally. Two weeks after surgery he met with an oncologist who recommended an additional CT, further lab tests, and chemotherapy - based on Nate's tumor pathology. The second CT also indicated no metastasis. Lab results indicated return to normal of HCG which is expected after complete tumor removal. He will undergo outpatient chemotherapy, a single regimen of BEP. This is a curative treatment for this disease.
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