Testicular Cancer Stories from Patients and Survivors

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Testicular Cancer Stories
Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment

Testicular cancer most often begins in germ cells (cells that make sperm). It is rare and is most frequently diagnosed in men 20-34 years old. Most testicular cancers can be cured, even if diagnosed at an advanced stage. (National Cancer Institute)

Explore below for in-depth testicular cancer stories from survivors who share everything from first symptoms, treatment timeline, to navigating life with cancer.

Seminoma Stories

Testicular Cancer: Seminoma, Stage 1 | Rick’s Story

Rick Henrikson, Seminoma, Stage 1

1st Symptoms: Noticed one testicle larger than the other, dull pain
Treatment: Orchiectomy (surgical removal of one testicle), neoadjuvant chemo (1 infusion of Carboplatin)

Non-Seminoma Stories

Testicular Cancer: Non-Seminoma, Stage 1 | Mikael’s Story

Mikael Habekost, Non-Seminoma, Stage 1

Cancer Details: Usually affects one testicle, tends to spread more quickly than seminomas
1st Symptoms: Fatigue, one swollen testicle
Treatment: Surgery (removal and reconstruction), radiation, hormone therapy
Testicular Cancer: Non-Seminomal Germ Cell, Stage 4 | Steve’s Story

Steve Lynch, Non-Seminoma, Stage 4

Cancer Details: Germ cell tumors usually occur in men between their late teens and early 30s
1st Symptoms:
Grape-sized tumor on neck; hip and pelvis pain; ultrasound revealed tumor on right testicle
Chemotherapy (BEP), removal of right testicle, lymph node resection (RPLND), and tumor dissection in the neck
Testicular Cancer: Embryonal Carcinoma Non-Seminoma, Stage 2B | Hugo’s Story

Hugo Toovey, Non-Seminoma, Stage 2B

Cancer Details: Tends to spread more quickly than seminomas
1st Symptoms: Pea-sized lump on right testicle
Treatment: Surgical removal of right testicle, lymph node resection, chemotherapy
Note: Currently in treatment for unrelated case of colon cancer