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How is a biopsy used to diagnose testicular cancer?

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In a few cases, doctors will perform surgery to remove a small piece of the tumor and check it for cancer. That’s called a biopsy, and you usually get the result quickly. It’s rarely done because there’s a chance the procedure could cause the cancer to spread. If your doctor finds a tumor, he or she will do more tests to make sure cancer hasn’t spread. Those tests might include X-rays or other types of scans.

From: Do I Have Testicular Cancer? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

NIH. National Cancer Institute. “General Information About Testicular Cancer,” “SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Testis Cancer,” “Testicular Cancer Screening.”

National Center for Biotechnology Information, “Glossary Database.”

American Cancer Society, “What Is Testicular Cancer?” “How is testicular cancer diagnosed?”

Urology Care Foundation, “How Do You Do a Testicular Self-Exam?”

National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 11, 2018

SOURCES:

NIH. National Cancer Institute. “General Information About Testicular Cancer,” “SEER Stat Fact Sheets: Testis Cancer,” “Testicular Cancer Screening.”

National Center for Biotechnology Information, “Glossary Database.”

American Cancer Society, “What Is Testicular Cancer?” “How is testicular cancer diagnosed?”

Urology Care Foundation, “How Do You Do a Testicular Self-Exam?”

National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on November 11, 2018

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