Testicular Cancer Overview

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What are some questions I can ask my doctor about testicular cancer?

As you cope with cancer, we encourage you to have honest, open talks with your doctor. Ask any question, no matter how small it might seem. Here are some questions you might want to ask. Be sure to add your own as you think of them. Nurses, social workers, and other members of the treatment team may also be able to answer many of your questions. You can also find more information about communicating with your health care team in our document Talking With Your Doctor.

  • Would you please write down the exact type of testicular cancer I have?
  • Has my cancer spread beyond the testicle?
  • What is my cancer’s stage? What does this mean?
  • Will I need other tests before we can decide on treatment?
  • Will I need to see other doctors?
  • How much experience do you have treating this type of cancer?
  • What are my treatment choices? What do you recommend? Why?
  • Do I need surgery to remove lymph nodes? If so, how many have you done?
  • What should I do to be ready for treatment?
  • How long will treatment last? What will it be like? Where will it be done?
  • What risks or side effects should I expect?
  • How long will it take me to recover from treatment?
  • How soon after treatment can I have sex?
  • What are the chances I will become infertile? Should I bank sperm?
  • What are the chances of the cancer coming back after treatment?
  • What will we do if this happens?
  • Does one type of treatment reduce the risk of the cancer coming back more than another?
  • Would a second opinion be helpful?
  • What type of follow-up will I need after treatment?

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Last Medical Review: 01/02/2014
Last Revised: 02/11/2014