Testicular cancer occurs when abnormal cells grow out of control in the testicles (testes). The testes are male sex organs that make and store sperm. The testes also make the male sex hormone testosterone. Testicular cancer can be cured most of the time, especially if it is found early.
Treatment involves surgery to remove the affected testicle. If the cancer has spread to another part of the body, you may have radiation or chemotherapy to kill the cancer cells. Some people will have surgery to remove cancer that has spread to other parts of the body, such as to lymph nodes.
Finding out that you have cancer is scary. You may feel many emotions and may need some help coping. Seek out family, friends, and counsellors for support. You also can do things at home to make yourself feel better while you go through treatment. Call the Canadian Cancer Society (1-888-939-3333) or visit its website at www.cancer.ca for more information.
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 call line 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.
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Current as of: July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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