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Can I still have sex if my lymph nodes are removed as part of testicular cancer treatment?

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If your doctor finds your cancer has spread beyond the testicle, he may take out some of the lymph nodes in your abdomen as well.

The procedure has a longer recovery period and a higher chance of complications than just removing one testicle. But you can still get erections and have sex after this kind of surgery.

From: Life After Testicular Cancer Surgery WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute.

National Cancer Institute Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program.

American Cancer Society.

Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation.

Johns Hopkins Medicine, James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, “Orchiectomy (Radical Orchiectomy, Testis Sparing Surgery)."

Cancer Research UK, “Your Sex Life and Testicular Cancer.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, “Retrograde Ejaculation.”

Cleveland Clinic, “Testicular Prosthesis.”

The Mayo Clinic, “Testicular Cancer: Coping and Support.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

National Cancer Institute.

National Cancer Institute Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program.

American Cancer Society.

Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation.

Johns Hopkins Medicine, James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute, “Orchiectomy (Radical Orchiectomy, Testis Sparing Surgery)."

Cancer Research UK, “Your Sex Life and Testicular Cancer.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, “Retrograde Ejaculation.”

Cleveland Clinic, “Testicular Prosthesis.”

The Mayo Clinic, “Testicular Cancer: Coping and Support.”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 11, 2018

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