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Anybody been through this, or can offer some knowledge?-dh going for ultrasound tomorrow for enlarged testicle

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My dh went to see his gp last monday (7th jan) due to an enlarged testicle that he said he has had for a couple of weeks previously. The gp referred him straightaway to a urologist as he couldn't say what it was, so 2 days later he received a letter to see the consultant for an appointment. He went to the appointment on Friday (11th jan) and the consultant said it was either a tumour or an infection. He organised an ultrasound for him which is tomorrow (Monday). They say if it is a tumour, it'll be taken out this week.
Hopefully it is an infection, but if its a tumour, would he have a biopsy at the same time as the op to see if the tumour is cancerous?
Dh says he has no pain in his scrotum area, just an aching when he is sat by his desk at work as there is not much 'room' in between his legs ,if you get my meaning, due to the enlarged testicle. I would have thought that if it was an infection, that there would be some sort of ' feeling', like, a throbbing or something.
He won't let me come to the scan with him as he says I'll be a PITA (charming ,I'm sure), so I am
going to be sat at work worrying as you can imagine. His scan isn't til 3.30 aaarrggghhh. Please advise, or help .

Twosugarsplease Sun 13-Jan-13 12:20:12

Hi crushed didn't want to run, I'm going through same situation with my dh, he has quite a large nodule on his thyroid, had ultra sound last Monday, waiting for biopsy, to make sure it isn't malignant.
I'm beside myself. So holding your hand.
I really hope all is ok with your dh.
I'm sorry II have no knowledge on this particular matter, but MN'rs will soon come your way, they have helped/eased my mind enormously.

Thanks for your support, twosugars, it means a lot, and I hope all goes well with your dh's biopsy. Fingers crossed for himsmile

CaseyShraeger Sun 13-Jan-13 12:49:23

My brother has had both thyroid cancer and testicular cancer (there's some suggestion that the treatment for thyroid cancer can put you at increased risk of developing testicular cancer later on, so men who've had thyroid cancer need to be particularly vigilant about checks).

The good news is that by and large if you catch them early these are good cancers to have, with excellent survival rates (there are some very aggressive forms of both but they are uncommon).

They should biopsy the tumour when they remove it; if it is malignant then the type of cancer will determine the treatment. In my brother's case he had a CT scan to see whether it had spread; if it hadn't spread at all he'd have just had chemotherapy, but his had spread to his lymph nodes so he needed radiotherapy as well. If it's spread beyond the lymph nodes then obviously it's more worrying but even then survival rates are (for most types) pretty good. If you only need chemotherapy then long-term fertility will probably be unaffected; if you need radiotherapy as well then it will be so you'd be offered an opportunity to have sperm frozen before starting chemo.

CaseyShraeger Sun 13-Jan-13 12:51:28

But obviously let's hope it isn't a tumour/isn't malignant so that you won't have to worry about any of that...

freelancescientist Sun 13-Jan-13 12:52:59

Have been through this with a previous partner - a few years ago now so some things may have changed. He had the same symptoms - just a bit achy and getting in the way type feeling.
If it is a tumour they will remove the whole testicle and examine it to determine if it is malignant and if so which type it is. They do this through the groin so he'll have an incision a bit like an appendix scar. They don't do biopsies first, or only take a bit,the whole thing comes out - we found this a bit of a shock so best to be prepared.
An infection wouldn't necessarily hurt, so it could be either.
If it IS a tumour then testicular cancer is one of the most easily treated and very curable.
Wishing you all the best.

Freelance, yes, the consultant said the whole thing would come out if a tumour, so at least we are prepared for that. We were having a joke earlier that if it happens, his voice will end up like Michael Jacksons ha ha (glad it's only the one testicle then).
He is so calm really, not like me who is faffing about like an idiot. He says he's looking forward to time off work, I just DEFINITELY hope then that it is just an infection...good job we can laugh.
It is comforting to know that it's easily treatable, I read somewhere that it was, but its great to hear it from people who know somebody who has been through it firsthand.
Casey its interesting to read, for want of a better word, the suggestion that thyroid and
testicular cancer are linked. DH has never had problems with his thyroid, it goes to show
how complex our bodies are. We are in our mid-late 40's so the sperm freezing doesn't
apply to us, but thanks for all your info. I will update results/info of ultrasound tomorrow evening.

Twosugarsplease Sun 13-Jan-13 14:11:46

Yes we're done with little ones too smile
crushed your dh sounds like he has same attitude as mine, with having a joke, which is good, I on the other hand just can't stop worrying.
I do find though crushed, that it has helped so much, like info given to you that they are very treatable (if) cancers.
So when I get my worry head on, If worst comes to worst, I think of that.

Wish us women wouldn't worry as much, twosugars, but we do, don't we? I lie in bed some nights worrying over the most trivial of things while he is snoring his head off! Why can't us women be like that ?

As far as little ones are concerned, we don't have children, well, not unless we class our dh's as children, then I have one hee hee. Children never came along and, tbh, we weren't too bothered as we enjoy the lifestyle we have.

Thanks for your support, you've been lovely, hopefully fingers crossed, it'll be an infection.
Watch this space.....

digerd Sun 13-Jan-13 16:20:50

Testicular cancer is very easy to cure, even if it has spread. Armstrong, the famous cyclist, had it and had sprerad to lungs and liver. He was still cured.
My nephew had it and had spread to some lymph glands in his stomach. Amazingly, he had only 1 injection of chemo each month for 2 months and was cured. The dead tumours had to be operatively removed. But he's cured.

Digerd, glad you're nephew was cured, and Lance Armstrong of course. Thanks for that.

It seems that although the word cancer is used often, and medicine has come on in leaps and bounds over the years, it doesn't stop the awful thoughts that come into your head when people, or their loved ones, are faced with the possibility of having it.

We are just hoping its an infection, but we'll get through it ok if it is a tumour and malignant, I know we will, especially with all the positive information coming our waysmile
At least we'll know this time tomorrow smile

Twosugarsplease Sun 13-Jan-13 19:16:11

I'll be thinking of you, this time last week was the eve of do's ultra sound, I couldn't eat.
Stay positive I'll be popping in and out of thread tomorrow.

Twosugarsplease Sun 13-Jan-13 19:20:54

Dp not do confused

Thanks, twosugars, I wont be home til 5.30, his scan is 3.30 but he wont be home til the same time as me. It will be late when I post anything, depending on the outcome of course. Keeping everything crossed for my dh. Hope the biopsy comes soon for your dh, big hugs from me smile

Twosugarsplease Mon 14-Jan-13 14:47:49

Hi crushed just posting on off chance your twiddling your thumbs on here, and to keep your thread going.
Hope your ok, I'll post again later brew

Hi, twosugars, thanks for looking out for me, just managed to grab some time and update on dh's progress.

Dh had the scan, but its all still up in the air. The doctor that was present says its not an infection but not sure if it is a tumour, though not ruling it out completely ( much headscratching going on here).

He had an abdo scan too and nothing showed up, which is great, shows its still localised, whatever it is. The doctor says they will need to take tissue samples (biopsy?) to find out once and for all what it is, and is writing to dh consultant to arrange this.

So more waiting.....

Twosugarsplease Mon 14-Jan-13 19:33:20

Hello ! Aww crushed I know where your at right now, expecting some answers, and some good news, that was me last week.
So none the wiser, but sounds very good that it is localised, you have that at least, and that he isn't sure if it's a tumor ? I would take as something else to hold on to, as he must know one for sure when he sees one.
Yes it will be the biopsy next, that's what we're waiting for.
Draining fluid from it to test.
You know, I just keep thinking, if the consultant at my dp's ultra sound was concerned at all, surely he would have had the biopsy by now.
I know they can't be super quick because I'm throwing tantrum, but wishful thinking I suppose.
So still worrying and frustrating for you both, (or as my dp would say, more me as I'm a typical woman) but a tiny bit more in the know.
At this point crushed I decided to air off on here, to keep me busy until the biopsy, and it makes me feel so comforted by MN'rs in the know who have experienced this or perhaps medical experts themselves.
Also what digerd said that these (if) cancers are two of the most treatable, and I think of that when I start to worry.
Can I also suggest the tamoxifen thread, it is also about partners waiting for news, a support thread for those concerned, and most have or their partners have cancer, I keep looking to see if there is a post I can relate to, maybe that will help you too.
Enjoy the rest of your evening, please come back to keep updated, or PM me anytime for a sound off grin

Update:

All I can say is OMG....

Dh got a call this afternoon from the hospital today. He is being admitted tomorrow.

The doctor at the scan said yesterday that if we didn't hear anything before the end of the week, we would have to ring the hospital, so a little shocked that it is tomorrow.
Wasn't quite prepared for that. Keeping everything crossed for him :-[

digerd Tue 15-Jan-13 17:51:55

What a shock, but at least the sooner the better. Did they say it was for the biopsy or to remove the lump/testicle?
Good luck for tomorrow.

CaseyShraeger Tue 15-Jan-13 18:09:42

Good luck! Hope it's a good result for him.

Twosugarsplease Tue 15-Jan-13 18:36:46

Hi crushed I wonder if it is for the biopsy ? My dh's appointment for it was supposed to be 3 days after, although there was something not right with appointments all seemed a bit of a mix up when we got there, told us to come back 2 hrs later ! And even then no biopsy. But that's our outpatients dept.
Did they ask him to book into day surgery or out -patients ?
Sending a reassuring hug >>

freelancescientist Tue 15-Jan-13 20:49:42

Hope all goes well tomorrow.

Twosugarsplease Wed 16-Jan-13 10:46:43

Sending good wishes your way today crushed

Hi all, thanks again for your support.

We attended the Day surgery unit at 8.00am. They would not allow relatives to stay, so I couldn't find out any info at that time, and I had to leave, which was very upsetting.

Dh has just texted me to say he is ready to go down to theatre.

He is having the testicle removed, rather than the biopsy. He hasn't said why, all I do know is that his consultant was there, He is hoping to be out tonight, but we'll see.

The house is spick and span due the bundle of nerves I've been today.

Chigley1 Wed 16-Jan-13 14:49:11

Hi

Sorry you're both going through this, we went through exactly the same 11 years ago.

Generally they don't biopsy until after removal as IF it is malignant tumour there is a risk that the biopsy itself will cause cells to be released and spread.

Your DH will have an appendix type scar (probably) and be a bit sore for a while. Feel free to PM me if you wish.

(hugs)

digerd Wed 16-Jan-13 15:41:47

House work can be very thereaputic, to take your mind off things.
When you said he was being admitted, it sounded like an op and not a biopsy. And my DN had it removed and then tested for type and stage.
His was a SERATOMA with a few secondaries in his outer stomach area, but was cured with just 2 injections in 2 months.
He did have the whole testicle removed, but still has his other one.
Good luck , and hope he is not in much pain after the op.

Thanks all, so grateful for all the support offered on MN, just incredible.

It got a little confusing as his consultant had said initially that if it was a tumour they'd take it out,, but when he had his scan, he was told by another doctor that they would take tissue samples (which we thought was a biopsy), but no mention of a removal....so a bit confused.

I don't think my dh asked enough questions at the time of the scan anyway. Typical.
He's the kind of guy that would walk round supermarkets for ages looking for something in particular, yet not think to ask. Wish I could have gone with him but I had to do a long
shift at work and totally understaffed, so no cover.

Just a case now of wait and see. I will update again later smile

Just waiting for news now.

Yes, digerd, I found the housework extremely therapeutic, those windows of mine are positively gleaming.

We have heard only positive things about the treatment of testicular cancer, so relieved really, its just this bit.

Update later, or tomorrow if things get busy smile

digerd Wed 16-Jan-13 16:27:31

I was always with my DH and he asked no questions, I did all that. I think many men are like that. My DH wouldn't ask for directions either, I had to do that ! Bless him
Hope you get results soon, and that he needs no further treatment.

Twosugarsplease Wed 16-Jan-13 16:51:06

Hi crushed hope all is well., your nerves must be in tatters by now.
Glad your keeping busy, it does help I agree.
Our 3 yr old does not give me a minute, so aswell as housework and two teens (nearly 3) I don't get time to think until they're in bed.
I'm hoping to go with my dh at biopsy app, as like yrs doesn't ask much, I will. Im not thinking about it much at the moment but as soon as appointment arrives, I'll be off on one again !
I sooo hope everything turns out ok for your dh.

Hi all, dh was discharged last night, at 8.15, bit sore but happy that its sorted.

The consultant confirmed it was a tumour and it will be looked at in great depth to see if it was cancerous. He is to go for a CT scan next week.

Thanks again. With your advice and knowledge, things look a lot better now we know what to expect in the next week, or months.

I've got today off with him, might try to have tomorrow too. If he doesn't drive me nuts ( if you pardon the pun..)

digerd Thu 17-Jan-13 12:03:03

Ah, poor man - at least us women don't have those problems.
The CT scan is to see if/where it has spread.
With my nephew, it was his GF who discovered it. The few lymph gland secondaries were quickly and easily destroyed with only 2 chemo injections
Good luck with the CT results

aftermay Thu 17-Jan-13 12:07:40

What a worrying time for you. I hope you get some good news. Try and rest a bit, you must be exhausted.

Thanks aftermay, going to try to sleep in a while. Was awake all last night, but then so was poor dh who was slightly uncomfortable.

He is very happy at the moment as he is watching all his favourite programmes that contain cars, motorbikes, in fact anything that has wheels.....zzzzzzzz (boooooring, maybe the programmes wil send me to sleep? Ha ), but if he's happy, then so am I smile

Twosugarsplease Thu 17-Jan-13 17:14:24

Glad you have him home, rooting for you for next few weeks.

Update: CT scan is this Tuesday coming, 22nd Jan. Fingers (and everything else) crossed for dh smile

dh is a little more mobile now, and seems rather relaxed.

Had a lovely evening last night, the pair of us just chilling with a bottle of wine wine wine glug glug.

Don't think we'll be chilling as much on mon night/tues morning though, but trying not to tink of that just yet. Watch this space...

Sorry, think.

aftermay Sat 19-Jan-13 13:55:56

Good luck, I hope you get some good news. This will seem like a long weekend.

digerd Sat 19-Jan-13 14:45:50

Good luck with the scan on Tuesday.

cheers for the good luck messages,

I now have some extra strength antihistamines, so I'll be able to catch up on some much needed sleep before Tuesday. Meanwhile, dh is sleeping like a log..
Anyway, its weekend, so not too early for a glass of wine methinks wine wine wine

digerd Wed 23-Jan-13 19:03:23

How did the CT scan go and any results from the biopsy OP?

Twosugarsplease Wed 23-Jan-13 19:26:34

Hi crushed how are you ?

Hi, no results yet, scan went without any hitches, but no senior doc there to tell us anything, so none the wiser. I assume we'll get results for both biopsy and ct scan at the same time from the consultant. Just waiting for the call to arrange an appointment aarggh. I'm sure it won't be long .. meanwhile we're ok, making future plans. Will keep you updated smile
xxx

Chigley1 Wed 23-Jan-13 22:30:41

Glad everything is ok so far; the waiting for info is the worst. please keep updating x

digerd Thu 24-Jan-13 07:34:26

Good Luck for the results.

Hi all, went to see consultant this afternoon and he said the tumour in dh's testicle was cancerous. He said he was confident they took it all out, but has referred dh to a cancer specialist as a precaution.

It was one of the most common types of cancer, seminoma, and as a few of you said, completely treatable, So should be hearing from the specialist soon.

Feeling upbeat, hopefully the end is somewhere near nigh.

And all dh could ask was...can I drive yet? MEN !! smile

digerd Tue 29-Jan-13 20:18:11

Although easily cured, fingers crossed that CT scan is clear. Your DH - I like his attitude <smile face>

freelancescientist Tue 29-Jan-13 21:29:09

Seminoma is definitely the 'best' one to have if you see what I mean...most treatable - my old boyfriend had that - he had a course of radiotherapy and that was that, all sorted. Sometimes not even the radiotherapy is needed.
Went on to have 2 kids with his new bit of stuff (bastard..........but that is another story.................)

aftermay Tue 29-Jan-13 21:38:33

I hope the treatment goes well. You sound like a very supportive wife to your DH. When can he drive?

As from today aftermay, he drove home from the hospital lol, so no more passenger driver comments/criticisms directed at ME anymore....it's a good job, or else something would have happened to his other testicle if he'd have carried on wink wink wink

Dh and I have been together nearly half our lives and have always supported each other, but its lovely of you to say so, thanks...well, thats until he gets into the passenger seat.......cue the psycho music grin

Thanks freelance, sounds like you are better off without him, especially with all the support you must have given him at the time.....smile

Chigley1 Tue 29-Jan-13 22:48:42

Glad you now have some answers, crushed. It sounds as though he may need no further treatment, but he will probably be checked for the next 10 years or so.

My DH had the same and it was later found to have spread to a couple of lymph nodes...he had one dose of chemo, (then we went skiing!) then 3 weeks of radiotherapy. He was then checked for the next 10 years and finished observations last year with no further probs.

We have 2 children now as well so none of that had any lasting effect!

Keep up with the updates, thinking of you!

Bearcat Wed 30-Jan-13 07:38:52

Crushed just seen this thread.
DH had a seminoma in 1992 when he was 36.
He had his testicle removed and had a couple of weeks off work. He then had 3 weeks radiotherapy which he worked through.
He then had a bowel cancer at 50 and a small skin cancer at about 55.
His GP once said to him he didn't know many people who had had 3 cancers.
DH very well now at 57.
Fit. Slim (lucky sod). Plays 5a side football every week, and has done so for the last 35 years, only stopping for a few weeks after his cancer ops.
As someone else said, if you're going to get a testicular cancer seminoma is the one to get.
Sounds like your DH is like mine and takes it in his stride, or hides his feelings well to stop you worrying too much.
Best wishes for both of you.

Good grief bearcat, your dh has been through so much and survived it all, such an inspirationsmile I'll pass that on to my dh about the seminoma, hope you and your dh have many many more years together, thanks for sharing your information smile thanks

Just an update, still not heard anything from the oncologist after dh being referred. The nurse who was present at the consultation for the results told us to contact her if we had not heard anything by last Friday (8th) and she would chase it up, so dh has left a message on her answerphone. Hopefully won't be long.

Dh has now gone back to work, so normality is resuming. Not much of an update, but there you go, just felt it would have been rude to have left things hanging in the air since my last post smile

Update:

I got in touch with the urology nurse today to see what was happening as we hadn't heard anything from the oncologist, aaaand result:

Dh got a message from the oncology sec, and he has an appointment this Friday smile

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