treatment options - chemo vs. radiation

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treatment options - chemo vs. radiation

by DennisCDA on Wed Aug 22, 2007 12:00 AM

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Hi, this is my first post.  I was recently diagnosed with testicular cancer - stage 1 Seminoma.  I had an orchiectomy and have been advised to have follow-up treatment.  The radiation and chemotherapy oncologists both made a case for their treatment, and now I need to decide which course to take.  I would appreciate any advice, and especially would like to hear from someone who has gone through either treatment, specifically with the chemo drug, carboplatin - 2 doses.  I would also like to know how you manage to avoid cold/flu infections when you have elementary-school age children, and if the lowered immunity was a big issue.  Thanks.  Dennis

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by TCRUNNER on Sun Dec 02, 2007 12:00 AM

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Dennis,

Hi,

Was Diag.with Semi. 1 Oct.3 2006...

Chemo. was never a option for me,After much reading and thanks to

Doug Banks web site TCRC.I went with Radc.

Just passed my one year mark....Chest x-ray,blood work and one year CT

all good..

Everyone difft.Alot has to be looked at even with 1 Semi.Feel free to call me if you would like to talk more about it, ot anything else that might be on your mind ..TC will change your life, But let it be in a good way..

I run. So as soon as I got it out I was back on the road, even thru Radc.

Hope to to hear from you...

Wayne

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On 8/22/2007 DennisCDA wrote:

Hi, this is my first post.  I was recently diagnosed with testicular cancer - stage 1 Seminoma.  I had an orchiectomy and have been advised to have follow-up treatment.  The radiation and chemotherapy oncologists both made a case for their treatment, and now I need to decide which course to take.  I would appreciate any advice, and especially would like to hear from someone who has gone through either treatment, specifically with the chemo drug, carboplatin - 2 doses.  I would also like to know how you manage to avoid cold/flu infections when you have elementary-school age children, and if the lowered immunity was a big issue.  Thanks.  Dennis

 

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by Shemay on Mon Dec 03, 2007 12:00 AM

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On 8/22/2007 DennisCDA wrote:

Hi, this is my first post.  I was recently diagnosed with testicular cancer - stage 1 Seminoma.  I had an orchiectomy and have been advised to have follow-up treatment.  The radiation and chemotherapy oncologists both made a case for their treatment, and now I need to decide which course to take.  I would appreciate any advice, and especially would like to hear from someone who has gone through either treatment, specifically with the chemo drug, carboplatin - 2 doses.  I would also like to know how you manage to avoid cold/flu infections when you have elementary-school age children, and if the lowered immunity was a big issue.  Thanks.  Dennis

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by itllgetbetter on Mon Sep 08, 2008 12:00 AM

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I too just had to face this hard decision.  I had stage 1 pure seminoma, had a orchiectimy in may.  As you have found out multiple docs. will recommend multiple things...   How they layed out to me was that the down side of the radiation was the secondary cancer risk.  The downside of the chemo ( for me one dose of carboplatin)  was that it may not be needed, and if i had it, there is the possibility that i could build an immunity to it if the cancer came back.

I chose to do surveillance - ct and blood work.  Its been difficult  but very livable!

Do what your gut says to do- youll know what fells right.

 

good luck! 

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