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Will testicular cancer surgery affect my ability to control ejaculation?

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There’s a chance that surgery to remove lymph nodes may damage the nerves that control ejaculation. Talk with your doctor to find out more.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society; “Surgery for testicular cancer,” “Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND),” “Treatment options for testicular cancer, by type and stage”

National Cancer Institute, Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program: Testis Cancer.

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Testicular Cancer: Surgery.”

Cancer Research UK: “Fertility -- having children after testicular cancer.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine, James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute: “Orchiectomy.”

Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation.

Cleveland Clinic: “Testicular Prosthesis”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 12, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society; “Surgery for testicular cancer,” “Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND),” “Treatment options for testicular cancer, by type and stage”

National Cancer Institute, Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results Program: Testis Cancer.

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Testicular Cancer: Surgery.”

Cancer Research UK: “Fertility -- having children after testicular cancer.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine, James Buchanan Brady Urological Institute: “Orchiectomy.”

Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation.

Cleveland Clinic: “Testicular Prosthesis”

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on August 12, 2018

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