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Hi, everyone.  I have been on HRT for almost 13 years.

In 1995, I began to notice an enlargement of my right testicle.  I tried to let my endocrinologist know but he wasn't paying attention at that time to what I was asking.  It took two more visits (about one year) and a much greater degree of enlargement before he would listen to me and finally sent me to a hospital for a biopsy.

The biopsy came back showing malignant cancer. I underwent removal of the testicle  on September 5, 1996.

I was very lucky.  After further examination, I was informed that the cancer was on the verge of metastasizing when the testicle was removed.

I have been cancer-free for almost nine years now, thanks to a relapse rate of only five percent.

Has anyone else experienced anything of this kind while having HRT?



Haven't gotten cancer, but thank god they caught it in the (ta da) nick of time. Guess you got a little unplanned bottom surgery. Well at least that's one thing out of the way, or is it two.  :angel:  I'll keep you in my prayers.


Only one; I would have a lot less difficulty if it were both.  *Sigh*


maybe i got my info mix up...but i read somewhere that if u got castrated...or ur ball remove. it create scaring around there...and later on if u want SRS. it be extremely difficult. I could be wrong. But i'm glad that nothing bad happen to ur health.

Hi, Nicole.  It did leave a scar, about 5 or six inches directly up into the abdomen from the scrotal sac.

That was almost nine years ago; there is no actual scar tissue remaining, just a very faint reddish line.

The choice that I had was remove the testicle or the cancer would spread to the rest of my body.

No real choice at all in my mind.  Funny thing: no real choice in the minds of the doctors either.

I could wish that they had removed both but, unless you are getting your SRS, any removal is "emergency procedure" only. 



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