Personal strategy for dealing with testicular cancer (Mark’s story)

In this video, Mark talks about being diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 38 and within a month, being treated for his cancer

Watch as Mark talks about discovering a lump on one of his testicles at Christmas 2008, when he was 38-years-old. Within a month, he was diagnosed and being treated for testicular cancer.

He also talks about early emotions and coping strategies, telling different people, going through treatment and reaffirming lifestyle choices.

Mark is a health information specialist who is married with two young children.

The advice that I would give to people who are diagnosed is don’t do this by yourself. Go looking for the support even though it’s embarrassing, even though it’s stressful for yourself, once you share that stress it becomes less to you.

Watch the video of Mark talking about his strategy for testicular cancer

The Partnership’s Person-Centred Perspective initiative is committed to improving the patient experience. We are working with partners across Canada to find the best ways to offer a person-centred perspective throughout a person’s cancer journey and to help information flow throughout. The impact of a cancer diagnosis goes far beyond the physical disease. It affects every aspect of a person’s life. The initiative has focused on reporting about the patient experience, and giving health-care providers patient-centred tools and resources, which have been validated and standardized.

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