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.
Not good option. Blood tests for Alpha feto protein and HCG may be positive in some testicular cancers. But such tests are not usually used as diagnostic tools, but to assess the progress of tumor and/or treatment.
Testicular cancer. Not all testicular cancers can be diagnosed by blood test however elevated ldh, HCG AFP are elevated in most testicular cancers.
Yes. Scrotal ultrasound is a very sensitive test for testicular cancer. If no suspicious tumor is seen, you can breathe easy. Tumor markers in the blood such as beta-hcg, afp, and ldh can help diagnose testicular tumors, but it is not as good a screening test as the ultrasound. Continue with testicular self exams, particularly if you have risk factors such as a family history or prior history of tumor.
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.
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.
Not a simple answer. To reassure you-testicular cancer has one of the highest cure rates of all cancers and almost 100% if it has not spread. First evaluation of testicular lump is physical exam followed by scrotal ultrasound. If testicular lesion is detected-blood work and ct should be obtained. Testicular tumors are classified into-germ cell (95%), sex cord/gonadal stromal (5%) and other miscellaneous tumors (rare).
Yes you can have. There is no exclusive specific tumor marker for testicular cancer. Early detection is possible by awareness and examination by your physician for the cure., .
Yes. The main presenting finding for testicular cancer is a mass on the testicle. It usually will not be very tender, but is new and noticeable. The simplest test to evaluate a testicular mass with is a flashlight to see if it is solid or hollow. A urologist will do an ultrasound to help better define. Some testic ca, s have different blood markers but these are not ordered unless ca is suspected.
Yes. Testicular cancer is rarely diagnosed by bloodworm. The most common presentation is a swollen testis or a new lump/bump on the testis.