One of our major causes around here is getting men of all ages to be aware of their balls and see a doctor if anything seems even remotely wrong. Testicular cancer can strike at any age. Last December, 13 year old Kyle Crowder began to feel pain down there and reported it to his parents. He was brought to his GP, who thought that the Waltham Abbey boy was suffering from a varicocele, a relatively common ailment. However, the truth was much more devastating. Kyle actually had stage 3 Rhabdomyosarcoma, a very rare form of cancer that primarily affects young kids.
Unfortunately, contracting COVID-19 delayed Kyle’s cancer diagnosis even further. By the time the tumor was significantly bigger. “We were angry when he was misdiagnosed. But the upset overtook the anger. The only thing that was playing on our minds that it was a ‘rare form’ and he couldn’t be treated near home. We were scared and knew what he would have to go through,” his stepmother said.
In February, Kyle was brought to Great Ormond Street Hospital to have the tumor removed. Unfortunately, it was too extensive and the family was told that he would need a course of chemotherapy to shrink it before surgical intervention. The 25 week course was hard on the boy, but the good news is that it appears to be successful and he’s now scheduled to have the tumor taken out for good.
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