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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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crushedintherush Sun 13-Jan-13 11:14:41

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 .

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.

crushedintherush Wed 16-Jan-13 15:52:45

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 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.

crushedintherush Wed 16-Jan-13 16:13:10

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.

crushedintherush Thu 17-Jan-13 11:41:04

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.

crushedintherush Thu 17-Jan-13 12:26:27

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.

crushedintherush Sat 19-Jan-13 13:45:34

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...

crushedintherush Sat 19-Jan-13 13:46:42

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.

crushedintherush Sat 19-Jan-13 16:35:56

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 ?

crushedintherush Wed 23-Jan-13 21:30:51

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

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.

crushedintherush Tue 29-Jan-13 18:58:52

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?

crushedintherush Tue 29-Jan-13 22:01:37

As from today aftermay, he drove home from the hospital lol, so no more passenger driver comments/criticisms directed at ME'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

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