Personal stories

It is only by talking about male cancer that other men and women will be made aware of and notice the signs and symptoms.  As with all cancers, early diagnosis can often lead to less complicated treatment and ultimately saves lives.

Some of our Orchid supporters have kindly agreed to share their personal experiences with us.  As you will see each of these guys has had a very different experience of male cancer.  We hope these inspirational stories will help others to understand their experiences and provide support for those in a similar situation.

Orchid understands that this is a sensitive topic to discuss so is extremely grateful to those who are willing to share their personal stories with us.

If you would like to be a case study for us please e-mail admin@orchid-cancer.org.uk

 
  • Matt Wakefield and his family

    Matt Wakefield

    Testicular cancer

    When and where did you first notice signs of your cancer? Was there something out of the ordinary that prompted you to check yourself? I first found a small pea sized Lump on my left testicle in October 1999 but out of ignorance/ embarrassment I ignored it. It wasn’t till June 2000 I found it […]

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    Elliot Dash

    Age: 31 | Testicular cancer

    I became ill one day and went to the doctor who sent me for some tests. Initially I was told I had pleurisy and was treated for this. After still not recovering I was sent for further x-rays when they confirmed it was cancer.I did check myself however was unable to detect the lump which […]

  • Michael Hague

    Michael Hague

    Testicular cancer

    When and where did you first notice signs of your cancer? Was there something out of the ordinary that prompted you to check yourself/ see your GP? I noticed a small lump on my left testicle after a routine check on myself which I regularly did every month. I monitored it for a few weeks […]

  • Chris

    Chris P

    Testicular cancer

    It was around August 2009 when I first suspected something. I felt a small lump on the top of my left testicle. I also, from time to time, had a dull achy pain coming from the left testicle. The thought of ‘Oh God, what if it’s cancer’ shot through my mind but I thought, ‘I’m […]

  • Simon Feldman in an Orchid running vest

    Simon Feldman

    Age: 20 | Testicular cancer

    In July 2004, and just three weeks after my 20th birthday, I was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer whilst studying and travelling in Australia. When I should have been having the best time of my life, I was in fact faced with the prospect of living with an illness and possibly not recovering from it. As […]

  • Rob Hamilton does a bike ride for Orchid

    Rob Hamilton

    Testicular cancer

    When and where did you first notice signs of your cancer? Was there something out of the ordinary that prompted you to check yourself/ see your GP? I was in the shower after football training washing myself when I discovered a hard lump on my left testicle. It felt quite large (a bit bigger than […]

  • Paul Walkington's expedition to the Himalayas

    Paul Walkington

    Testicular cancer

    When and where did you first notice signs of your cancer? Was there something out of the ordinary that prompted you to check yourself/ see your GP? Back in March 2007 at the very end of the squash season I had had a very long tiring squash match. I had stretched myself significantly more than […]

  • Owen Bannister's wedding picture

    Owen Bannister

    Testicular cancer

    When and where did you first notice signs of your cancer? Was there something out of the ordinary that prompted you to check yourself / see your GP? I noticed a small lump on one testicle. I was checking myself in the bath at the time. I went straight to my GP who thought it […]

  • Brian Turnbull

    Brian Turnbull

    Testicular cancer

    When and where did you first notice signs of your cancer? Was there something out of the ordinary that prompted you to check yourself/ see your GP? One of my testicles was harder than normal, so went to my GP who didn’t seem alarmed by that and put me on a 4 week waiting list for […]

  • Damian Flowers cycles Ride London for Orchid

    Damian Flowers

    Testicular cancer

    Hello my name is Damian Flowers and I have recently had an orchidectomy on my right testicle. It all started about 2 years ago where I noticed that my right testicle was noticeably larger and more sensitive than my left one. I went to my GP and was examined and was told that were no […]