- Doug Bank - Riverwoods,
Illinois - TCRC Publisher -
- Diagnosed at age 26 (Oct 1992) with Stage I Non-Seminoma (immature
teratoma, teratocarcinoma, yolk sac tumor). Treated with Surveillance.
Married with 3 kids, all conceived after the cancer.
- Scott - Missouri
- Diagnosed at age 26 (Oct 1995) with Stage I Non-Seminoma (mostly embryonal cell carcinoma).
Treated with RPLND. Married and working as an family physician.
Adopted a newborn baby 6/99 because of TC related infertility.
- Matt - Washington
- Diagnosed at age 16 (Nov 1996) with Stage II Non-Seminoma. Treated with
chemo and RPLND. The cancer came back in August 98 and was treated with a
- Kevin Kuehler
- Arlington Heights, Illinois
- Diagnosed at age 26 (Mar 1997) with Stage I Non-Seminoma (embryonal
and teratocarcinoma). Treated with RPLND. The cancer
recurred in the lungs in Nov 97. Recurrence treated with chemo. Married
with 1 child and a miracle bun in the oven.
Another cyclist with a nutty lump, or a lumpy nut!
- John - USA
- Diagnosed at age 31 (Oct 1996) with Stage I Non-Seminoma (embryonal).
Treated with Surveillance.
- Ronan - Israel
- Diagnosed at age 28 (1995) with Stage I Non-Seminoma. Treated
with RPLND. Gay.
- Eric - Rockville, Maryland
- Diagnosed at age 26 (Dec 1993) with Stage II Non-Seminoma. Treated with Chemo
and RPLND. Treatment was not easy, but it helped to have another TC survivor to
lean on. The most uncomfortable part was realizing that I may be
sterile. I went to the lab and banked sperm. Out of 12 samples,
they were able to get four good ones which were frozen until last
year. It took a few years to regain my fertility, but three years
after the treatment I was told that I was not shooting blanks
- John Cavallaro -
New Jersey -
- Diagnosed at age 33 (May 1997) with stage I Non-Seminoma
(mixed germ cell carcinoma: immature and mature
teratoma, seminoma, embryonal carcinoma, yolk sac and
syncytiotrophoblasts) while in graduate school.
Treated with nerve-sparing RPLND. Unmarried, no children.
- Scott - New York
- Diagnosed at age 39 (Mar 2000) with Stage I Nonseminoma.
Treated with surveillance. To me the RPLND was just not an option.
So what if I go to the doctor 12 times a year? Life has changed.
- Brandon - Portland, OR
- Diagnosed at age 28 (Mar 1998) with Stage I Nonseminoma.
Treated with surveillance. This was a relatively high risk surveillance given
a 99% embryonal tumor, but it has been more than fifteen years without a recurrence!
- Grant - Chicago
- Diagnosed at age 33 (Oct 1999) with Stage I Nonseminoma.
Treated with an RPLND. I would very much like to assist recently (and similarly) diagnosed patients who
may be considering the same treatment options. I am very open to questions from the patient as well as
loved ones about the "entire experience"!
- John S - Denver, CO -
- Diagnosed at age 25 (Jan 1997) with Stage I Nonseminoma (100% embryonal with
vascular invasion). Treated with 2xBEP.
- Kurt - Eaton, Pennsylvania
- Diagnosed at age 33 (Apr 1998) with Stage I Nonseminoma. Treated with an RPLND.
He had a clean RPLND, but it still came back in his lungs and did not want to
go away. He had 4 cycles of BEP and 3 cycles of High Dose chemo with a stem cell
- Robert - USA
- Diagnosed at age 34 (Dec 1996) with Stage III Nonseminoma. Treated with
bilateral RPLND and 6 cycles of chemo. I have experienced a lot of
complications that I would be happy to discuss. These include bleomycin
side effects, lymphoceles, retrograde ejaculation, sperm banking,
fertility problems, insurance problems, support issues and a divorce! I
am 3 years cancer free and all is well, no, life is very good. Still have
lymphocele problems every now and then.
- Sachin Waikar - Chicago, IL
- Diagnosed at age 32 (March, 2001) with Stage I Non-Seminoma (95% embryonal
with vascular invasion). Treated with 2 cycles of preventative chemotherapy
(platinum and etoposide)--an unconventional, controversial approach--at the
University of Chicago cancer center. Married with one child and hoping to
have more. I spent a lot of time deciding among surveillance, RPLND
surgery, and chemo, and would be happy to discuss what went into this