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

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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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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Is there a simple blood test for testicular cancer?

Is there a simple blood test for testicular cancer?

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. ...Read more

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Would blood test be able to find testicular cancer spread to lymph nodes, lungs and throat?

Would blood test be able to find testicular cancer spread to lymph nodes, lungs and throat?

Possibly: There are 2 tumor markers that can be elevated in testicular cancer but they are not specific for spread to any specific areas. Those blood tests are beta HCG and Alpha fetoprotein. Ct or MRI scans are the best way to detect spread of testicular cancer. ...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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If blood work and ultra scan came out ok, can I be sure i don't have testicular cancer?

If blood work and ultra scan came out ok, can I be sure i don't have testicular cancer?

Yes: If a mass or lump was felt by a urologist then ultrasound and blood work are done. The mass can then be seen to be a cyst or not solid mass. If the ultrasound was not okay, the only way to know that its not cancer is to remove the testicle. Check with the urologist to see what was exactly seen on the ultrasound. It may need close observation and repeated ultrasound down the road to make sure. ...Read more

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What does tumour markers (for testicular cancer)mean? Does the cancer have to be wide spread before it shows in the blood?

What does tumour markers (for testicular cancer)mean? Does the cancer have to be wide spread before it shows in the blood?

No: There are three different tumor markers that can be elevated in different types of testicular cancer: beta hcg, afp, and ldh. They can be elevated even when the cancer is only in the testicle and hasn't spread anywhere else in the body. On the other hand, it is also possible to have metastases without elevated markers because some types often don't make any marker at all (eg pure seminoma). ...Read more

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Which kinds of testicular cancer can be seen in the blood?

These: Many seminomas produced some HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), all choriocarcinomas produce abundant hcg, and many embryonal cell carcinomas produce AFP (alpha fetoprotein) depending on type. ...Read more

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If nothing can be seen in my blood, can I still have testicular cancer?

If nothing can be seen in my blood, can I still have testicular cancer?

Yes: Testicular cancer is rarely diagnosed by bloodworm. The most common presentation is a swollen testis or a new lump/bump on the testis. ...Read more

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What are some cancers that would present with a normal complete blood count? Would sclc and/or testicular cancer present with normal cbc?

What are some cancers that would present with a normal complete blood count?  Would sclc and/or testicular cancer present with normal cbc?

Most: Most cancers do not necessarily affect your cbc. Exceptions include hematologic malignancies like leukemia and myeloma. Sclc and testicular cancer are not typically associated with CBC abnormalities. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with testicular cancer on 7/22/12, removed 7/25/12. Blood work good, CT scan shows 4mm, 6mm, 12mm spot on liver, your thoughts, MRI 10/9?

I was diagnosed with testicular cancer on 7/22/12, removed 7/25/12. Blood work good, CT scan shows 4mm, 6mm, 12mm spot on liver, your thoughts, MRI 10/9?

Need treatments: Most likely you will have needle biopsy of liver lesion, fortunately the the chemotherapy is very effective be confident you will have excellent chance of remission, good example cyclist l armstrong speak to your oncologist. ...Read more

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I am going to a routine physical shortly and wondering if i can request a blood test to check for any cancers, specifically testicular?

I am going to a routine physical shortly and wondering if i can request a blood test to check for any cancers, specifically testicular?

No good blood tests : There are very few blood tests for detecting cancer. So drs have to examine you with their hands and oftenuse x-ray tests to see inside the body. Blood tests are the last thing we would sometimes use, in order to confirm a diagnosis but for most cancers there is no such test. ...Read more

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Is there a self-test for testicular cancer?

Is there a self-test for testicular cancer?

Testicular cancer: The self test you are looking for is called a physical exam! basically you must be familiar with your own body in order to notice any changes. Men are really supposed to exam their testicles once a month just as women are asked to exam their breasts once a month. Just pick a day of the month and get it done. If you feel a knot or lump see your doctor. ...Read more

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What does the test for testicular cancer tell me?

What does the test for testicular cancer tell me?

Testicular cancer: Physical exam and ultrasound exam of the testis together are the primary tools for identifying testicular cancer. These two tools give enough information to proceed with orchiectomy. Testicular tumors are never biopsied due to propensity to spread a localized tumor prior to surgical removal. ...Read more

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Does a urologist do screening test for testicular cancer?

No tests, but...: If you see a urologist, a testicular exam is usually part of the routine physical examination. But testicular cancer is a rare disease, and there are no widespread screening programs for it, making self-examinations important. If you feel a lump inside the scrotum, please see your primary care physician or urologist without delay. ...Read more

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Where can I get testicular cancer test annually?

Where can I get testicular cancer test annually?

Your doctor: Annual tests for testicular cancer are not recommended routinely. You should discuss your concern with your doctor to see if more than physical examination is needed. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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How would i know I have testicular cancer? What tests would be needed?

How would i know I have testicular cancer? What tests would be needed?

Depends on the type: Of cancer. Testicular cancer may present with a mass in the scrotum, pain and heaviness in the scrotum, lumps in the groin and at times with lumps in abdomen. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/testicular-cancer/ds00046. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of testicular cancer and where can I go to get tested? What sort of test should I get if i'm worried?

Usually hard lump: Found on scrotal examination or when washing or showering. Tumor side of scrotum may feel "heavy". No pain unless there is a bled into the cancer. Scrotal ultrasound is very reliable, ono-invasive & simple to perform. Can be ordered by your primary care dr. Or a urologist.. Fortunately prognosis is usually very good if diagnosed early. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Simon Kimm
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Testicular Cancer (Definition)

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