Testicular Cancer Overview

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How is testicular cancer treated?

This information represents the views of the doctors and nurses serving on the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Information Database Editorial Board. These views are based on their interpretation of studies published in medical journals, as well as their own professional experience.
The treatment information in this document is not official policy of the Society and is not intended as medical advice to replace the expertise and judgment of your cancer care team. It is intended to help you and your family make informed decisions, together with your doctor.
Your doctor may have reasons for suggesting a treatment plan different from these general treatment options. Don’t hesitate to ask him or her questions about your treatment options.

In recent years, a lot of progress has been made in treating testicular cancer. Surgery has improved, and doctors know more about the best way to use chemo and radiation to treat different types of testicular cancer.

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 health. Based on these and other factors, treatment options for testicular cancer can include:

Often, you will get more than one of type of treatment.

You might have different types of doctors on your treatment team, depending on your treatment. Many other specialists might be involved in your care as well. See Health Professionals Associated With Cancer Care for more on this.

It’s important to discuss all of your treatment options and their possible side effects with your doctors to help decide what best fits your needs. (See the section “What are some questions I can ask my doctor about testicular cancer?”)

If there is time, 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.

Where you are treated is important. There is no substitute for experience. You have the best chance for a good outcome if you go to a hospital that treats many testicular cancer patients.

Last Medical Review: 01/20/2015
Last Revised: 02/23/2015