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Testicular cancer occurs when cancer cells grow in the tissues of one or both testicles. The testicles are male sex organs that make and store sperm. They also make the male sex hormone testosterone. Testicular cancer is one of the most curable types of cancer.
Treatment involves surgery to remove the affected testicle. You may also have radiation or chemotherapy. Some people will have surgery to remove cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, such as to lymph nodes.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse advice line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse advice line if:
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Current as of: May 4, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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