Testicular Cancer Treatment
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Testicular cancer responds well to treatment such as radiation and chemotherapy, but all treatments come with side effects. Watch this to learn about testicular cancer treatments and therapies.
Transcript: In all stages of testicular cancer the cancerous testicle is removed and then the patient will have a...
In all stages of testicular cancer the cancerous testicle is removed and then the patient will have a CAT scan to see if the cancer has spread. The most common site of additional cancer is in the abdominal lymph nodes. If it has spread there, treatment may include removal of the nodes and or chemotherapy. Radiation is VERY effective against seminoma tumors. It can SHRINK them and even destroy cancer cells that AREN'T visible on a CAT scan. If the tumor is determined to be a NON-seminoma, testicular cancer treatment may be more aggressive, as about half of the time this tumor type can progress quickly. Chemotherapy is used against both seminoma and non-seminoma tumors if the tumor has SPREAD or blood tests reveal a high level of tumor markers. Sometimes it's necessary to use a cocktail of a chemo drug PLUS additional rounds of radiation. Since the surgeries and chemotherapy can affect FERTILITY, young men who hope to have children in the future are often advised to freeze their healthy sperm for use after they're successfully treated. Fortunately, men do have a REALLY GOOD chance of beating testicular cancer. The survival rate is 72 to 99 percent!More »
Last Modified: 2013-08-21 | Tags »
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