New Road star tells of battle with cancer - The Worcester Observer

New Road star tells of battle with cancer

Worcester Editorial 25th Nov, 2015 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016   0

A BRAVE Worcestershire cricketer has revealed his battle against testicular cancer and urged men across the city to get themselves checked.

Tom Fell underwent successful surgery to remove a tumour from his left testicle and has now been given the green light to resume playing cricket this winter.

The 22-year-old wants promote awareness of the cancer and admitted he should have gone for a check-up sooner after he noticed a change in the condition of his left testicle

“I was quite lucky. I was fairly stupid in the fact I didn’t get it checked straight away. When they did analyse the tumour, it was fairly big at the stage they operated,” he said.

“Because I felt no different, that is why I didn’t bother to get it checked sooner than I did.”

It was at the tail-end of September that Fell decided to take action after initially seeing the club doctor at New Road.

He said: “Eventually at the end of the season, I got it looked at, and had a little scan on it, and saw the specialist at the hospital in Worcester and they discovered pretty quickly that it was a tumour. That was on October 5 and I was operated on 10 days later .”

Now after a period of recuperation Fell resumed training at New Road before he heads out to Australia on December 7 to play grade cricket in Perth for three months.

Fell opted not to undergo chemotherapy and instead will have regular check-ups – including when Down Under – after being told he has a 65 per cent chance of remaining all clear.

“It is such an easy thing to do, it takes 10 minutes with the doctor. I think partly the reason people don’t get it checked is because it is quite a sensitive area and people may feel embarrassed and don’t want to go through it,” he added.

“I think if I had left it any longer and had gone to Australia to play cricket this winter without being checked, who knows how bad it could have been.

“Naturally it came as a bit of a shock. But I knew straight away that testicular cancer is something that is quite common in people my age and it is very curable. I think the cure rate is 97-98 per cent,” he added.

Fell was told earlier this month the cancer hadn’t spread and faces one further check up before jetting off Down Under.

“A month ago, I didn’t know what was going to happen. To know I’m able to get on with my life again and get out to Australia as originally planned is a really good feeling.

The talented batsman said he was overwhelmed with the messages of support from his team-mates, coaching and medical staff.

“Mitch (skipper Daryl Mitchell) for his benefit year has named ‘Oddballs’ as his charity which works with testicular cancer and the awareness of that,” he added.

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