How is testicular cancer treated?
In recent years, much progress has been made in treating testicular cancer. Surgery has been improved, and doctors know more about the best way to use chemo and radiation to treat different types of testicular cancer.
Making treatment decisions
After the cancer is found and staged, your doctor will talk to you about treatment choices. You should take time and think about all of the options. In choosing a treatment plan, things to take into account include the type and stage of the cancer as well as your overall physical health. When time permits, getting a second opinion is often a good idea. This can give you more information and help you feel good about the choice you make. Some insurance companies even require a second opinion before they will agree to pay for treatments.
Where you are treated is important. There is no substitute for experience; you will have the best chance for a good outcome if you go to a hospital that treats many testicular cancer patients.
The 3 main methods of treatment for testicular cancer are surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.
Last Medical Review: 05/16/2012
Last Revised: 01/28/2013