My treatment after having a cancerous testicle removed has left me with no confidence
DEAR DEIDRE: I AM a gay man and two years ago had to have surgery to remove a cancerous testicle.
Now I’m on a five-year surveillance plan, which feels like it will never end.
The treatment means I’ve gained weight and developed breasts.
Before all this I was slim and went to the gym most days.
I have put on three stone and lost all confidence.
I am so conscious of my weight, scars and my missing testicle that I avoid potential partners and just friend-zone anyone I meet if I go out.
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DEIDRE SAYS: It is tough to live with side-effects like this – but don’t lose sight of the fact you are alive.
Find support through Orchid’s male cancer helpline (0808 802 0010, orchid-cancer.org.uk).
Explain how you feel to your oncologist in case a change of medication helps.
A caring partner won’t care about your missing testicle but implants are possible. And get exercising.
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