A coroner has concluded the inquest of a young man who died after being diagnosed with testicular cancer.
In May, 2006, Matthew Chambers, of Wenlock Drive, Grassmoor, was referred to consultant urologist Mike James by his GP after suffering from swelling in his right testicle.
Giving evidence at Chesterfield coroners’ court during a previous hearing, Mr James said: “I’m 100 per cent sure Mr Chambers had epididymitis at that stage.”
Epididymitis is an inflammation of the coiled tube at the back of the testicle.
Mr James added: “I can’t be sure he didn't have testicular cancer at that stage.
“However, the testicle felt normal.”
Mr James said Mr Chambers took antibiotics for the epididymitis and ‘everything seemed to improve’.
The court heard Mr Chambers did not attend a follow-up appointment with Mr James in September and he could not be contacted.
Professor Gordon Rustin, an expert in the treatment of testicular cancer, told the inquest he ‘could not fault Mr James or Mr Chambers’ GP for what happened in 2006’.
But he said: “There probably was cancer (in Mr Chambers’ testicle) then - but I can’t be sure.
“I suspect there was.”
From November, 2010, Mr Chambers had a number of appointments with his GP, Dr Khaja Ahmed, in North Wingfield.
During those appointments, Mr Chambers complained about premature ejaculation, bowel problems, back pain and light-headedness, the inquest heard.
However, Dr Ahmed insisted Mr Chambers did not complain about pain or swelling in his testicle.
In August, 2011, Dr Ahmed found Mr Chambers’ right testicle to be ‘grossly enlarged’.
“I was so shocked by the size of it,” Dr Ahmed said.
“I told him it looked like testicular cancer.”
Mr Chambers subsequently died in Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield on June 14, 2013.
The 34-year-old died of natural causes, coroner Peter Nieto concluded today.
Cancer of the testicle is one of the less common cancers and tends to mostly affect men between 15 and 49 years of age.
The most common symptom is a painless lump or swelling in one of the testicles. It can be the size of a pea or it may be much larger.
Other symptoms can include:
► A dull ache in the scrotum
► A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
It’s important to be aware of what feels normal for you. Get to know your body and see your GP if you notice any changes.
For more information, visit the NHS Choices website.