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Must-know facts about testicular cancer

Written by Community Health Network on 6/14/2014 6:00:00 AM

June is Men's Health Cancer Awareness Month, so we're going balls to the walls to help you prevent cancers like testicular cancer.

What is testicular cancer?
Like the name states, testicular cancer is cancer of the testicles, a part of the male reproductive system. These two organs are each normally somewhat smaller than a golf ball and are contained within a sac of skin called the scrotum. The scrotum hangs beneath the base of the penis. continue reading ...


How testicular cancer is treated with Dr. Anuj Agarwala

Written by Dr. Anuj Agarwala on 4/24/2014 7:00:00 AM

Dr. Agarwala is a medical oncologist and certified MD Anderson Cancer Network® physician.

Dr. Anuj Agarwala

 Testicular cancer is very treatable and in the majority of cases, curable. It has been viewed as a model cancer for how cancers can be cured, even when it has spread to other parts of the body (metastasized). It has a five-year survival rate of 95 percent.

In almost all cases, the affected testicle will be surgically removed. If the cancer was isolated to only the testicle, it's likely your doctor will continue to evaluate you with blood tests and imaging to be sure the cancer does not affect the other testicle. In advanced testicular cancers, chemotherapy, further surgery to remove lymph nodes (retroperitoneal lymph node dissection), and/or radiation may be utilized.

For more information about how testicular cancer is treated at Community, check out our cancer care page.


Putt-ing cancer in its place

Written by Community Health Network on 4/22/2014 8:00:00 PM

Pro golfer Billy Mayfair, testicular cancer survivor

The best in golf just teed up for the Master's and the PGA tour is underway. But one pro golfer is more than just a five-time PGA Tour winner, he's also a cancer survivor.

Billy Mayfair has a resume that includes PGA tour trophy's and a win against Tiger Woods in a sudden-death duel at the 1998 Nissan Open. It also includes a battle with testicular cancer.

In 2006 Mayfair discovered a lump in his groin. continue reading ...

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Infertility and testicular cancer

Written by Community Health Network on 4/17/2014 7:00:00 AM

Testosterone levels and infertility can be affected by cancer treatment, but it differs from person to person.

Testicular cancer normally only develops in one testicle. If that testicle is removed, the other testicle can usually make enough testosterone to keep hormone levels up. The age of the person and the pre-treatment gonadal function also play a large role in the testosterone level after treatment.

However, if the both testicles have been removed or if a new cancer develops, supplemental testosterone can be given. Most often this is in the form of a gel or patch that is put on the skin or a monthly shot. continue reading ...


Dr. Anuj Agarwala on how testicular cancer is detected

Written by Dr. Anuj Agarwala on 4/15/2014 7:00:00 AM

Dr. Agarwala is a medical oncologist and certified MD Anderson Cancer Network® physician.

Your doctor will obtain a detailed medical history from you and perform a physical examination, including an examination of the testicles. The next step is typically an ultrasound. This is a painless test in which a probe is placed over the testicle(s) and the images are evaluated by the doctor. This test alone can often determine whether or not there is cancer. However, blood work, X-rays and/or CT scans may be performed depending on your individual situation.

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