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Dr. Simon Kimm
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Testicular Cancer (Overview)

Testicular cancer is a cancer of the testicle and may be either seminomatous or non-seminomatous in nature.


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How quickly does testicular cancer spread?

How quickly does testicular cancer spread?

Depends on cell type: Most testicular cancers grow fairly fast, and many of them have already spread even when diagosed early and primary tumor is small. Mature teratomas of testis tend to grow slowly and seldom spread. Other end of spectrum is the so called choriocarcinoma which is extremely malignant, & grows & spreads very fast. Both are uncommon. However never delay when a testicular lump is found. ...Read more

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Dr. Simon Kimm
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Testicular Cancer (Overview)

Testicular cancer is a cancer of the testicle and may be either seminomatous or non-seminomatous in nature.


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Is lower back pain a symptom of testicular cancer?

Possibly: Low back pain might be caused by testicular cancer in abdominal or pelvic lymph nodes, pelvic or lower abdomen back muscles, low lumbar vertebrae or if it were pushing on the nerves exiting the spine in the low back. The best was to evaluate this would be imaging of the low back, abdomen and pelvis with either ct scan or MRI scan or both. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms testicular cancer?

What are the symptoms testicular cancer?

See below: Testicular cancer is not common. The common symptoms are mass in the scrotum, general ache and heaviness in the scrotum, lumps in the groin etc. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/testicular-cancer/ds00046/dsection=symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a painful lump in the right hand side of my scrotum since 4 days. It is near one of my testicles. Is this a sign of testicular cancer?

I have a painful lump in the right hand side of my scrotum since 4 days. It is near one of my testicles. Is this a sign of testicular cancer?

Possibly: A minority of testicular cancer patients present with acutely painful scrotal masses, but the symptoms you are describing warrant further investigation. Your doctor should perform a physical examination. Depending on his findings, he may want to order an ultrasound or some other tests. ...Read more

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Is early diagnosis important? How is testicular cancer diagnosed?

Testicular mass: Testicular cancer is most commonly diagnosed due to painless mass in the testicle. Testicular tumors can grow quite rapidly (with a doubling time of approximately 36 hours), so it is imperative that you see your physician urgently if you do feel mass in one (or both) of your testicles. He/she will be able to order the appropriate tests and get you in to a urologist for treatment. ...Read more

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Would blood tests diagnose testicular cancer?

Would blood tests diagnose testicular cancer?

Some can help..: The diagnosis of testicular cancer requires a tissue biopsy to determine that cancer is present and the specific type. There are some tumor markers for testicular cancer that can be detected in the blood to help determine response to chemotherapy and disease activity. These are not present in all patients with testicular cancer and are not used for the actual diagnosis of the cancer. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have testicular cancer?

Find lump on exam: Before you can know, you are concerned about a lump on testicular self exam. Then you go see your doctor who does a complete physical exam and orders some tests. The confirmed diagnosis comes from the pathologist who makes the call by looking at the stained cells from the lump under a microscope. Those cells come from a biopsy of the lump. ?Make an appointment? ...Read more

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What blood test detect testicular cancer?

What blood test detect testicular cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more