Testicular cancer is cancer that starts in the testicles, the male reproductive glands located in the scrotum.
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Testicular Cancer at Wake Forest Baptist Health
Testicular cancer should be followed in a major academic medical center like Wake Forest Baptist. Because testicular cancer can quickly spread to lymph nodes, it is important to see physicians who have a lot of experience treating this type of cancer, like the urologic oncologists at the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Typically, testicular cancer spreads to the lymph nodes in the back or retroperitoneum, on occasion to the lungs, so it is important to have a team of cancer physicians who understand how to treat all aspects of the disease.
Testicular Cancer Treatment in North Carolina
Testicular cancer treatment includes:
In the case of testicular cancer, surgery usually involves an excisional biopsy, which is removal of a portion of the testis in order to examine the cells under a microscope. This is an important step, because until your doctors known the type of cancer cells, they cannot create the right treatment plan for you. In addition, if cancer had spread to other parts of the body, our specially trained urological oncologist can offer a minimally invasive surgical approach, in addition to the traditional, open approach to facilitate rapid recovery without compromising removal of the cancer.
This medical treatment involves medications to kill cancer cells. Testicular cancer is treated when the tumor is a non-seminoma. Learn more about chemotherapy at the Comprehensive Cancer Center.
- Radiation Therapy
Radiation therapy, the process of using high beams of radioactive energy aimed at tumors in order to kill them and halt their growth, is used when testicular cancer appears as a seminoma. Learn more about radiation treatment.