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Wellstar provides superior care for testicular cancer, offering a comprehensive spectrum of top-notch physicians, treatment options and diagnostic tools.
Testicular cancer is one of the most treatable types of cancer, with about 170,000 survivors of testicular cancer in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society.
Wellstar offers innovative advantages in the fight against testicular cancer, including:
Testicular cancer can be initially very scary—particularly for young men. They fear a loss of sexuality and the loss of ability to father a child—since the sex hormone, testosterone, and sperm are produced in the testicles.
But a diagnosis of testicular cancer does not mean both testicles will be removed. Often, the disease is confined to one testicle—and when it is removed, a saline prosthesis can be inserted so that a man’s body looks as it did before surgery.
Your Wellstar physician is extremely sensitive and knowledgeable about these issues and is ready to discuss them with you.
Surgical removal of the affected testicle—or orchiectomy—is standard treatment, regardless of the type of testis cancer. If cancer is present in both testicles—which is rare—both will be removed. Sometimes, nearby lymph nodes are also removed.
Your Wellstar surgeon is highly skilled in performing the surgeries required to treat testicular cancer. Through special training, your Wellstar surgeon has learned how to spare nerve bundles so that your sexuality will not be affected - and after surgery and other treatment, most men are able to enjoy a normal sex life.
The effect of testicular cancer on a man’s sexuality is often one of his biggest concerns. However, it is important to note that removal of a testicle does not affect a man’s ability to have an erection, and men who have only one testicle removed may still be able to father children.
Your Wellstar physician and treatment team will discuss options with you once a treatment plan has been set, that could include sperm banking and testosterone supplements.
Researchers are not certain about how to prevent testicular cancer. But they do know that not smoking is the single best thing you can do to avoid cancer in general.
Your Wellstar doctor will examine your testicles as part of your yearly physical exam. Routine self-examination of the testicles is also recommended for early detection of abnormalities.
Your Wellstar physician will perform a physical exam and might order several diagnostic tests, including:
When testicular cancer is diagnosed, your Wellstar physician will categorize it by the current stage. Each stage describes the progression of the disease and whether the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. You should talk to your Wellstar physician to understand each stage, and what it means for your treatment plan.
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.
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.
Wellstar’s Oncology Nurse Navigator Program Is designed to team a “nurse navigator” with patients and their families. The nurse navigator not only anticipates what patients and their families need, but helps them work through the treatment system.
Cancer care at Wellstar is more than advanced technology, clinical research, and highly specialized physicians and nurses. It includes an array of supportive care services to improve the patient experience before, during and after treatment. All of these services are available within the Wellstar system, including:
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