Epididymitis has anyone been told it could be cancer?

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My urologist says that in a month the inflamation should go away if it doesn't. He's giving me an Epididymectomy. I ve read here some posts of people dealing same issue but no one has mentioned cancer.

I ve had discomfort for more than a month in my right testicle. Just finished 10 day antibiotic course with Levaquin today but still have this mild pain / discomfort present.

Is my urologist rushing me to surgery? Never heard anyone mentioned cancer in this Epididymist forum.

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    I do believe he is rushing you to surgery! I've had bouts of epididimytis for years and have never heard the word cancer mentioned. When I first had problems I used Keflex which helped a lot. More recently I get Botox injections into the spermatic cord which stops the pain for 6 months. There are many possible causes for your pain and they should be studied first. Removing the epididymis rarely fixes the problem.

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      Keflex is an antibiotic and it helped by bringing down inflammation. That is its brand name here in Canada but I cannot remember its generic name.

      I wonder why lucho's doctor thought he had cancer?

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      Howard,

      The Dr. did not say I have cancer but that in 1 % to 2% of cases it can become cancerous. It seems they cannot tell for sure and believe its preferable to take the epididymis out as precaution.

      The Dr in question is very experienced and head of department and in charge of lots of research too....

      Myself Im not too happy about it since Ive read an article called

      "Why is epididymis cancer so rare?" It's only 0.03% of all male cancers... what are the chances?

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      the articles title is "Why are epididymal cancers so rare?"

      It's research from lots of cases from China in 2012. The more cases the more reliable.

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