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A 34-year-old member asked:

What blood test detect testicular cancer?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
No single test: There are multiple types of testicular cancer and no single blood test can diagnose the various types. Positive tests for beta HCG and Alpha feto-protein indicate two types of testicular cancers.
Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
Hematology and Oncology 30 years experience
Tumor markers: There are two tumor markers for testicular cancer, beta HCG and Alpha fetoprotein. One or both of these are elevated in the majority of testicular cancers. However these are not general screening tests. All men should do monthly testicular self-examinations.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
Usually an adept: Hand examining the scrotum is the beginning, but you are likely referring to Alpha -feto-protein (embryonal and yolk sac tumors) and HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) choriocarcinoma, germinoma, and teratoma. Seminoma may not produce either, and never afp. These occur in all ages, but especially young men teens and twenties.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

Would blood test be able to find testicular cancer before you can feel it?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
It usually does not: Work this way. There is no indication to get these tests unless a mass is suspected, in the testes or a midline abnormality most commonly in a young man. The blood tests, Alpha feto protein and human Chorionic Gonadotropin are indicated to help point the origin of a testis or mediastinal mass. The disease is unusual enough to make these test as routine screening not worthwhile.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Is there a simple blood test for testicular cancer?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
There are blood: Tests, alpha-feto-protein and human Chorionic Gonadotropin that are done after a diagnosis or stron suspicion of testicular cancer, and these are used to follow treatment, and look for recurrence. These, and no other tests, are used to screen normal men and boys looking to make a diagnosis, which what i think you were asking.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

Can a blood test detect cancer?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Only a few cancers: Unfortunately, there are very few cancers that can be detected through blood tests. These include prostate cancer and leukemia. Some other cancers have tumor marker tests, such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, and others but these are to monitor, not detect the cancer.
Dr. Michael Thompson
Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
I would add that germ cell tumors (eg testicular cancer) and liver cancer (Hepatocellular carcinoma - HCC) can be diagnosed by blood tests. However, they are usually confirmed (in more recent years) by biopsy. Some "tumor markers" may be non-specific or may correlate with cancer growth, but still be challenging to know how to use for patient care.
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A 63-year-old male asked:

Is there a blood test to detect any/all cancers?

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Dr. Kenneth Licker
Urology 49 years experience
Cancer screening: There are blood tests that can screen for certain types of cancer, but they do not necessarily prove that there is cancer, even if abnormal. You should discuss your concerns with your family physician to see IF there is a particular test that you might benefit from having done. There is no value in doing a routine series of tests if there is no indication that they are needed.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Can cancer show up in a blood test?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Rarely: Unless it a blood cancer(leukemia) it is not likely to show up in the blood. Some of the chemicals produced by cancder (tumor markers) can show up in the blood test and thus can be an indicator for an internal cancer.

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