Testicular Cancer Stories from Patients and Survivors

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

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

Mikael’s Testicular Cancer Story: Non-Seminoma, Stage 1 | The Patient 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
Steve’s Testicular Cancer Story: Non-Seminoma Germ Cell, Stage 4 | The Patient 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
Hugo’s Testicular Cancer Story: Embryonal Carcinoma, Non-Seminoma, Stage 2B | The Patient 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