You can rest assured knowing that the John Wayne Cancer Institute has experts in laparoscopic and robotic-assisted testicular cancer surgery should those procedures be required.
You may receive more than one type of treatment, depending on several factors, including the grade of the tumor, where it is located and whether it has spread to other parts of your body. Before we set up a specific treatment plan for your testicular cancer, we will take the following into account:
- Your age, overall health and medical history
- The extent of the disease
- Your tolerance of specific medicines, procedures or therapies
- Expectations for the course of the disease
- Your opinion or preference
We will sit with you and discuss the options available so that you can be as informed as possible when making the decision.
Radiation is mainly used to kill cancer cells that have spread from the testicles to lymph nodes. Radiation therapy uses high-energy rays or particles to destroy cancer cells or slow their growth. This treatment is similar to getting an X-ray, but the radiation is more intense.
Drugs are usually injected into a vein and travel throughout the body to destroy cancer that has spread. Chemotherapy also is used to decrease the risk of cancer returning after a cancerous testicle is removed.