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Old 19 June 2017, 07:49
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Old 19 June 2017, 18:19
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Medical folks, what is the best practice pre op to make sure they harvest the correct one?

Sharpie and 'Take this one' on the bad one and 'Don't take this one' on the good one?

Ask this guy.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2017/06/19/man-gets-870g-after-doctor-removes-wrong-testicle.html
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Old 19 June 2017, 23:01
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My story. November 1989 in Germany serving as a Ground Surveillance Systems Operator (High RF) at 20 years old, noticed a mass on my left testicle. Had surgery to remove said mass. No records of results, presumed benign. Fast forward to February, 1993 in Peru, where I am now a 24 year SF commo guy (High RF), noticed another mass on same testicle. Told medics, given option to RTB or CM, no contest, Peru won. Got back to states with intention of going to get it taken care of right away. Told I had an option to TDY again. No brainer, 30 days later I RTB again with intent to seriously get it checked out. "Hey Rod, want to go to SERE school?" Hell yeah, finally!! Doc doing SERE physical found the mass, stopped, called somebody at Womack (Army hospital), said get my mass over there pronto. Dr. Q ran me through the wringer for labs, scans , and pretty much any other type of diagnostic. I don't recall the exact sequence of events, just that he was concerned enough with the preliminary results to tell me that "We will do the surgery in the morning." Me (innocently): "What surgery?" Him: "We will be removing your left testicle." Me: "And if I wanna keep ole lefty as a matched set?" Him: "You could be dead in two years." Me: "Lefty, it was fun while it lasted." Went on 30 days con leave, he called me after 10 days and said the results of all of the scans were in and I needed to high tail my now one ball self back to Bragg. I negotiated the follow on treatment at Walter Reed and watched the July 4th fireworks from a hospital window having just started on the first of four rounds of chemotherapy. Anyway, wound up being Stage III Embryonal Cell Carcinoma. I was truly blessed in that I was allowed to return to duty and even managed to have four kids without lefty, including a set of twins!
VA says this about my case "neoplasm of male reproductive system with removal of one testis (claimed as testicular cancer) 0% Service Connected" So yes, it can be.
So are the three instances of squamous cell and two instances of basal cell carcinomas that I have had.
Good luck to you, will keep you in my prayers. Attitude is EVERYTHING.

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Old 22 June 2017, 10:07
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doitforJohnny is one nut lighter but all went well, thankfully.

Speedy recovery, brother.
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Old 22 June 2017, 10:18
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Good deal. Glad it went as planned.

Had a bud had one blow up while in the desert phase of Ranger school. Didn't want to do the sick call route, so he toughed it out, graduated, straight to Walter Reed to have it removed and do the chemo thing. He got a good kick out of it because he said he already looked like a cancer patient coming out of Ranger School, so it all worked out.
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Old 22 June 2017, 10:46
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Update:

doitforJohnny is one nut lighter but all went well, thankfully.

Speedy recovery, brother.
Did they take the correct one?

Positive vibes for a speedy recovery.
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Old 22 June 2017, 11:25
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Old 22 June 2017, 11:33
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doitforJohnny is one nut lighter but all went well, thankfully.

Speedy recovery, brother.
Damn glad to hear that.
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Old 22 June 2017, 13:40
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Of course. This from the same people who said GWS didn't exist.
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Old 22 June 2017, 14:22
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Old 23 June 2017, 10:36
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Thanks all! Surgery was pretty anticlimactic, besides losing a ball.

Just bedresting around the house, trying to avoid going stir crazy.

Will update when the biopsy gets done and we know if they are going to call for chemo or not.
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Old 23 June 2017, 16:03
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Old 24 June 2017, 02:04
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Glad to hear you are on the mend DIFJ.

Could it be service related? Possibly. There is new evidence on the carcinogenic effect of the burn pits. Most items burned OCONUS are banned from burning in CONUS, that should give one pause right there.

Sometime back I watched a documentary about an Army doc who was drummed out because he insisted Gulf War syndrome was a reality. The money shot were DNA mapping tools that were color coded. Picture it as a color chart, where each gene is one color. When this was done with the DNA from OIF/OEF veterans, there were clear changes. The brown gene had portions of yellow, the red gene now had bits of yellow. His working theory was DNA damage was mitigated by exposure to the dust particles inhaled from depleted uranium shells.

Since cancer is the result of normal cells that morph into cancerous tissue, and sometimes involve DNA alterations, leading to cancer. There exists now a screening tool for colon cancer that is diy. Send them a stool sample, and they look for DNA.

The issue is getting .gov to admit there is an issue.
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Old 24 June 2017, 09:53
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Totally hear you on that one. I am completely outside the VA system, don't have a rating, and have just as much exposure as a civilian (doing much the same or similar jobs) as when I was active, so I am more about plugging my results in to whoever is keeping track of these sorts of things.

I got put in touch with a nice contractor lady from SOCOM who is putting together some tracking of folks with cancer, and associating it initially with MOS. I know of like 5 Force guys offhand that had it worse than me, so anecdote tells me it is service related.

Either way, it was a total surprise and shock to me, just wanted to push it out there for other dudes to start paying attention mid thirties for this shit.
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Old 26 June 2017, 18:21
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Old 30 June 2017, 19:47
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Quick update- Biopsy comes back as pure seminoma. Apparently that means it is very unlikely to spread, and most likely is 90%+ survivable. I get a 10 year observation protocol to follow.

This is pretty much a best case result, besides the fact that I feel like I hit a 2 week roadbump in my life and lost a nut during the process (the correct one, thank goodness). Still don't feel like I had/have cancer, or anything else drastic.

The whole experience is totally surreal. If I did not have a C-Section scar to prove it, I might be inclined to disbelieve it happened.

Thanks all for the insight and hopefully this anecdote will inform others down the road.
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Old 30 June 2017, 21:02
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That's good news. Fuck cancer.
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Quick update- Biopsy comes back as pure seminoma. Apparently that means it is very unlikely to spread, and most likely is 90%+ survivable. I get a 10 year observation protocol to follow.

This is pretty much a best case result, besides the fact that I feel like I hit a 2 week roadbump in my life and lost a nut during the process (the correct one, thank goodness). Still don't feel like I had/have cancer, or anything else drastic.

The whole experience is totally surreal. If I did not have a C-Section scar to prove it, I might be inclined to disbelieve it happened.

Thanks all for the insight and hopefully this anecdote will inform others down the road.
Good news!
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