Cancer that develops in one or both of the testicles - egg-shaped structures located beneath the penis and inside the scrotum – is known as testicular cancer. Though rare, testicular cancer is one of the most common cancers in younger men, ages 15-35. Fortunately, it is also highly curable when detected early.
That is why it is important that you choose an experienced medical team to treat your testicular cancer. Leading the way, with advanced training and years of practice are our urologic surgeons, who perform all of the surgery for urologic cancers at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center. In their role as surgical oncologists, they collaborate with a group of internationally renowned experts, creating an individualized care plan – just for you.
Urologic services are available at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Main Campus in Boston, at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital in Jamaica Plain, at Brigham and Women's/Mass General Health Care Center at Foxborough, and at our newest locations Dana Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center in Milford and Brigham and Women's Health Care Center at Westwood. Discuss the most convenient location for you when you make an appointment with a patient coordinator.
The following are the most common signs and symptoms of testicular cancer:
The prognosis is excellent if testicular cancer is caught early. It is important to contact your urologist as soon as you have a symptom. He will meet with you to discuss concerns and to conduct a thorough evaluation. Diagnostic tests and procedures may include:
Your urologist will order additional tests to determine the size of the cancer and whether cancer cells have spread within the body. This is called staging. Testicular cancer stages include:
Treatment for testicular cancer depends on many factors including the stage of the cancer. Your urologist will discuss the best treatment for your particular situation. These include:
Surgery for testicular cancer
Radiation therapy for testicular cancer
Chemotherapy for testicular cancer
You will receive a thorough diagnostic evaluation and receive clinically-proven treatment by a board-certified urologist who specializes in testicular cancer. After surgery and any treatment, routine surveillance by your urologist will be necessary.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital practices a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, collaborating with colleagues in other medical specialties. Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center gives you access to the world’s best cancer experts. The Division of Urology’s surgical oncologists work hand-in-hand with medical oncologists and radiation oncologists to create an individualized care plan. Specialists also include radiologists, pathologists, nurse specialists, social workers, palliative care specialists and dietitians.
To learn more about our cancer partnership, visit Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center.
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