Testicular cancer treatment and diagnosis

Testicular cancer

Testicular cancer one of the more uncommon types of cancer in the U.S., less than 10,000 new cases are diagnosed each year and only one in 250 men will get it in their lifetime. Many experience a positive outcome as testicular cancer is often treated with great success.

We offer treatments that can effectively improve your testicular cancer prognosis, manage the disease and help minimize any discomfort and pain. Our team will work with you to decide on the most appropriate treatment plan that will be tailored to you and your needs.

Chapter 1

Diagnostics

Testicular cancer is often diagnosed with imaging scans, such as ultrasound and pathology tests such as blood tests, although your doctor may use other techniques to identify the problem. You may also have more advanced tests to find out more about your cancer, if it’s spread and which treatments are likely to be most effective. Some of these tests are also used to assess how well your treatment is working.

Find your nearest GenesisCare center to find out what diagnostic tests and scans are available in your local area. Whatever your outcome, our expert team will support you throughout your treatment journey.

Chapter 2

Surgery

We work with expert teams of surgeons who are specially trained in surgical removal of tumors in the testicles. Surgery is the first treatment option for almost all testicular cancer cases, including those that have spread. The most common testicular cancer procedure is radical inguinal orchiectomy, which is the removal of the affected testicle and spermatic cord. During this procedure, your surgeon makes a small incision in between between the pelvis and abdomen, and the gently pulls the cancerous testicle up through the opening. For more advanced cancers, you may also have the nearby lymph nodes removed, this can be done at the same time as a radical inguinal orchiectomy, or as a separate procedure called retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND).

Chapter 3

Medical oncology

At GenesisCare, we offer various drug therapies and a wide range of the latest anti-cancer chemotherapy drugs for testicular cancer treatment.

Chemotherapy for testicular cancer

Chemotherapy refers to drugs that destroy cancer cells. Our expert teams may recommend chemotherapy on its own, or after surgery to prevent recurrence. Chemotherapy is usually only used to treat testicular cancers that have spread to other parts of the body and it can help control its growth, relieve symptoms and improve your testicular cancer prognosis.

Testicular cancer typically responds well to chemotherapy, but if recurrence occurs, higher doses of chemotherapy could be more effective. We can use higher doses of chemotherapy to kill the cancer cells, but it may damage the bone marrow, where blood cells are made, and lead to problems such as infections and bleeding. You may under one or two bone marrow (stem cell) transplants in over the course of your high-dose chemotherapy for testicular cancer, to replenish the damaged cells.

Chapter 4

Radiation therapy

Types of radiation therapy for testicular cancer

External beam radiation therapy (ERBT)

External beam radiation therapy (ERBT) delivers high-powered X-rays from outside the body, precisely targeting and shrinking or destroying tumors. Radiation therapy may be recommended after surgery to destroy any remaining cancer cells, or to treat cancers that have spread to the nearby lymph nodes and can’t be seen.

At GenesisCare we offer fast access to the latest technologies and treatments that have been proven to make a difference. These include:

Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)

IMRT is an advanced external beam radiation therapy technique where the beams of radiation are precisely shaped to exactly match your tumor and damage to adjacent healthy tissues is limited.

Chapter 5

Why choose GenesisCare?

People choose GenesisCare so they can access the latest technologies, effective treatments and personalized care that’s tailored to them without delay.

Cancer treatment and care is constantly evolving and we offer the world’s latest evidence-based treatments that have been shown to benefit patients. By working together closely, our multidisciplinary teams of oncologists, surgeons, radiation therapists and other healthcare specialists provide care that’s focused on you, not just your cancer.

We know that for many people, cancer is a life-changing experience and our goal is to help you through it in the most positive way possible. That’s why as well as offering exceptional cancer treatments, we also provide you with support and resources for your cancer journey—including advice about nutrition and exercise, expert help for managing side effects and information on local support groups.

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Our centers are conveniently located throughout the United States, and each location has a dedicated Office Financial Counselor on hand to help you with your paperwork and answer your questions. We accept most insurance plans as well as Medicare Part B, which covers physician services, including radiation therapy.