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Posted by Song on August 02, 2000 at 23:20:31:

In Reply to: Testicular Cancer, Recently Diagnosed posted by Fran on August 01, 2000 at 12:14:31:

: Iím writing this on behalf of somebody very special to me and with his permission; he simply doesnít have the energy to do so right now. Iíll forward to him any responses I receive.

: Some background:

: Ron is 43 years old and was diagnosed with testicular seminoma on July 11.

: A radical orchiectomy was performed on July 12.

: An abdominal-pelvic CT conducted on July 20 revealed a 7 cm. mass in his abdomen.

: On July 21, he met with his oncologist, and the following Monday, July
: 24, he began his first of three BEP cycles.

: On July 26, a lump (approx. 2 cm.) that had resided near his clavicle for a number of months (but which was originally thought not to be suspicious) was biopsied; Ron learned that this tumor is also seminoma.

: His oncologist's initial but tentative view is that this most recent
: development will not likely require any modification of his proposed course
: of treatment, i.e., that he should still receive 3 cycles of BEP. The oncologist is, however, keeping an open mind about the possibility of a fourth cycle of BEP, or perhaps transitioning at some point to EP.

: Ron has many questions:

: He is very interested in the risks of pulmonary fibrosis from bleomycin. What are the signs of onset?
: Can it be reversed?
: Is there a familial link? (His bro suffered fatal pulmonary complications from his chemo in 1993 [lymphoma], but Ron doesn't know whether bleomycin was used.)

: Ron is taking Zofran for nausea, but it makes him very tired. He is interested in learning about other medications that might not sap his energy like the Zofran does.

: What about ginger? Does anyone have any experience with using ginger to combat the nausea?

: Thanks in advance for any insights. As previously stated, I will forward to him your responses.

: Fran

I just want to let him know that it can be reversed.
Two years ago, I knew somebody who had testicular cancer met to chest and abdomen.
His cancer was reversed and he is now fine.

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