Testicular Cancer - Treatment Overview
In many cases of recurrent testicular cancer,
chemotherapy treatment is followed by surgery to remove any remaining cancer as
well as tissue damaged as a result of the chemotherapy.
What to think about
When you first find out that you have cancer, you may feel scared or angry. Or you may feel very calm. It is normal to have a wide range of feelings and for those feelings to change quickly. Some people find that it helps to talk about their feelings with their family and friends.
If your emotional reaction to cancer interferes with your ability to make decisions about your health, it is important to talk with your doctor. Your cancer treatment center may offer psychological or financial services. You can also contact your local chapter of the American Cancer Society to help you find a support group.
Infertility. Some cancer treatments raise your risk of
infertility. Unless you are sure you won't want to father a child in the
future, talk to your doctor about sperm banking before any treatment for
Cancer treatment has two main goals: curing cancer and making your quality of life as good as possible. Your quality of life may be improved by having palliative care to manage your symptoms.
Testicular cancer has a very good cure rate, especially if it is found early. For some people who have advanced-stage cancer, a time comes when more treatment to cure cancer no longer seems like a good choice. This can be because the side effects, time, and costs of treatment are greater than the promise of cure or relief. But this isn't the end of treatment. You and your doctor can decide when you may be ready for hospice care.
It can be hard to decide when to stop treatment aimed at prolonging your life and shift the focus to end-of-life care. For more information, see the topics:
- Palliative Care.
- Hospice Care.
- Care at the End of Life.
For more information about testicular cancer, see the following topics: