Testicular Cancer Treatment
Your team of specialists in urologic surgery, medical oncology, surgery, radiation oncology, radiology and pathology will work together to assess your best course of testicular cancer treatment. That will involve the creation of a coordinated plan, staging the disease and designing a personalized treatment plan consistent with the highest standards of care. Your treatment will be tailored to your specific type of testicular cancer, and it may involve a combination of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.
Testicular Cancer Surgery
WellStar offers some of the best cancer surgeons in the nation, critically important when determining your treatment options. In the case of testicular cancer, your surgery may involve the removal of one testicle or both. Also, your surgery may involve the removal of nearby lymph nodes, more involved than orchiectomy alone.
Chemotherapy is the use of drugs given by mouth or injection to destroy cancer cells. It can be used to assist in the cure of cancer patients or to prolong life or the quality of life. Adjuvant chemotherapy (after surgery) is administered in some cases after surgery when the patient is at high risk for recurrence.
When chemotherapy is given to testicular cancer patients, it is usually given after the test is removed to destroy cancerous cells that may remain in the body. Chemotherapy may also be the initial treatment if the cancer is advanced; that is, if it has spread outside the testicle at the time of the diagnosis. Most anticancer drugs are given by injection into a vein.
Radiation therapy continues to have an important role in testis cancer particularly in patients with seminoma.