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what is the procedure for getting tests done for testicular cancer?

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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Ultrasound: A testicular ultrasound is usually the first test (along with physical exam of course) in diagnosis of testicular cancer.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
See your doctor: Some primary physicians are comfortable starting the process but a referral to a urologist may be required first.
Dr. Moez Khorsandi
Urology 27 years experience
Ultrasound, blood: Scrotal ultrasound is the initial test. In addition a blood test for 2 tumor markers are also neccessary prior to any procedure to determine a baseline so that the blood test can be used as a monitoring system after defintive treatment.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

what is testicular cancer?

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Dr. Brian Lane
Urology 19 years experience
Info: Disordered cell growth in the male reproductive organ. Most common form of cancer in young men (20s - 30s). Testicular self exam is the best way to detect it early, which leads to nearly 100% survival.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How common is testicular cancer?

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Dr. Mitchell Kamrava
Radiation Oncology 16 years experience
~8,500 cases/yr: It is estimated that in the United States this year that there will be approximately 8, 500 new cases of testicular cancer. It is the most common solid malignancy in males between 15-35 yo.
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How is testicular cancer treated? What are the side-effects of treatment?

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Dr. Ritesh Rathore
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Multiple approaches: Mutliple combinations of treatments are used very successfully. Usually surgical removal of that testes is first. Subsequently, chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy may be used depending on the cancer stage. Side effects of surgery are minor. Side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy are as described on healthtap but long-term side effects are less.
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How quickly does testicular cancer spread?

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Dr. Paul Harper
General Surgery 52 years experience
Quickly at times: Testicular cancer has a very fast onset. Testicular cancer grows rapidly, with tumors doubling in size in just 10 to 30 days. Testicular cancer can metastasize quickly, meaning that it can spread to other parts of the body. There is a high cure rate if found early (approaching 100%).
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
That is why any hard testicular lump requires a visit with a urologist + scrotal ultrasound ASAP.
Aug 20, 2015
A 33-year-old member asked:

How can you support someone cope with testicular cancer?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Many young men: And boys simply require orchiectomy. A decision as to whether to have serial imaging or a single dose of chemotherapy is difficult for many. If node dissection was needed, they may experience retrograde ejaculation - orgasm with no visible semen expelled. This is a highly curable disease for most. Dealing with difference, change and adapting to harms of treatment require understanding of cause.

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