Twin Brothers Get Testicular Cancer Diagnosis Days Apart

Twin Brothers Get Testicular Cancer Diagnosis Days Apart

Testicular cancer is depressingly common, but the odds of twin brothers being diagnosed with it just days apart? One in a million, according to the doctors who treated Ryan and Sean Collard. Their very different stories will really bring into focus the perils of the disease.

Ryan noticed pain in his back fairly early on, but had trouble finding a physician who took him seriously. One doctor even told him to buy a new mattress rather than checking out his balls. Sean, on the other hand, felt a strange feeling in his groin, walked into a clinic and was in surgery just a few days later. The most bizarre thing? The guys were diagnosed just days apart.

As you might guess, the prognosis for the twin brothers is vastly different. Ryan’s cancer was given time to spread throughout his body and as a result doctors didn’t even have time to extract and save sperm before they removed his balls. In addition, he is undergoing stem cell therapy to try and reverse the disease’s course. Sean’s treatment was much milder, with no spreading and he was able to go back to work just a little while after his surgery.

Read more at the International Business Times.