Experts at Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center understand testicular cancer and work as a team to design the best treatment plan. A typical team is made up of surgical, medical, and radiation oncologists, as well as urologists, social workers, and nurses. Treatment plans may include:
- Radiation therapy
Some men with testicular cancer have no symptoms, and the cancer is found during medical tests for other conditions. In about 90 percent of testicular cancer cases, men find a lump on a testicle or notice the testicle is swollen or larger. The lump may or may not cause pain.
Your physician will take a complete medical history and check the testicles for swelling or tenderness and for any lump. Tests for testicular cancer may include an ultrasound exam. Blood tests can also help your physician diagnose testicular tumors.
Our testicular cancer team is accustomed to referrals from primary care physicians and serves as a source for second opinions on cases. Having a second opinion may give you more information and help you feel more confident about the treatment plan you have chosen.
While not all treatment options for testicular cancer cause sterility, a patient is strongly encouraged to talk to his physician about semen banking (a procedure that freezes semen for future use) before undergoing treatments, especially if chemotherapy or radiation therapy are part of the physician's prescribed course of action.