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Side Effects of Chemotherapy - Topic Overview

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Chemotherapy for testicular cancer has been linked to long-term side effects, including infertility, hearing loss, reduced lung function, and an increased risk for secondary leukemia.1

Most men diagnosed with testicular cancer are younger than 35. So men who are going to have chemo may decide to bank their sperm ahead of time if they want to father children in the future. Talk to your doctor about any fertility concerns you may have.

For a short time after chemo, some men may have problems getting erections, and some may have less desire for sex.

Some chemotherapy drugs can cause birth defects, so it is important to talk to your doctor about birth control before your treatment begins.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: June 28, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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