5 Year Survivor of Testicular Cancer shares his story on how early detection saved his life.
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My name is Richard Todd, survivor for five-and-a-half years. No history of cancer in my family at all, and we talk so much about women and self examinations for breast cancer well, for men testicular cancer is self examination. One day I getting out of shower, I felt the growth, went to the doctor, 36 hours later I was on an operating table and they were taking the tumor out, and it had spread to my lymph nodes. So we had to go back for more intrusive invasive surgery and abdominal lymphatic dissection. It's amazing, cancer survivors know all of the technical terms in the medical jargon and everything but -- and they remove the lymph nodes from the right side of my abdominal and found a little bit of cancer, but because we had caught it so early, the doctor literally told me that, early detection save my life and had been not founded when we did I would have had gone through four rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, and by catching it, he say within about 10 days -- was the difference in doing radiation and chemo or not. So I was able to avoid chemo and radiation and then I actually had a third surgery about 8 months later from the second cancer surgery which was an abdominal ammonia and it was -- so I was in a hospital on or off for about a year or so and as a testicular cancer survivor of five-and-a-half years I have a four-and-a-half year old son. So the wonders of modern medicine gave us a child and what would have another generation ago been a death sentence instead one of the most treatable and survivable forms of cancer and now I have a kid because when my wife and I had been trying to have a child and we couldn't and the reason why was because of the tumor. When the tumor was removed we had a child. So that was a wonderful story, we are very happy.