Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is a disease in which cells become malignant (cancerous) in one or both testicles. (rare to be in both testicles)

Testicular cancer accounts for only 1 percent of all cancers in men in the United States. About 8,000 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer, and about 390 men die of this disease each year. Testicular cancer occurs most often in men between the ages of 20 and 39, and is the most common form of cancer in men between the ages of 15 and 34.

Evaluation

Our medical staff will start by taking a detailed medical history and performing a physical exam. This evaluation may include the following:

  • Blood tests
  • Ultrasound
  • CAT Scan

Symptoms

  • A painless lump or swelling in a testicle
  • Pain or discomfort in a testicle or in the scrotum
  • Any enlargement of a testicle or change in the way it feels
  • A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum
  • A dull ache in the lower abdomen, back or groin

These symptoms may be caused by other conditions and should be evaluated by one of our physicians.

Treatment

  • Surgery to remove affected testicle & possible lymph node biopsy
  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Surveillance with regularly scheduled follow-up and monitoring