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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 pretreatment 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.

Men who develop testicular cancer can also experience issues with fertility, with chemotherapy and radiation patients being at the highest risk for infertility. Patients who undergo a non-nerve-sparing retroperitoneal lymph node dissection are likely to have fertility issues due to problems with ejaculation. However, sperm banking is offered to patients prior to starting cancer treatment if fatherhood is something the patient wants to consider. Additional options, like in vitro fertilization also exist to help men father children post-treatment. 

Concerned about infertility or low hormone levels?
Call our cancer care experts at 800.777.7775 to have your questions answered.

Taking cancer care in a whole new direction

Written by Community Health Network on 4/16/2014 3:30:00 PM

Community Cancer Center South will open to the public tomorrow! Located on the Community Hospital South campus this facility is approaching cancer care in new ways.

At our new cancer center we have combined a multidisciplinary team of medical experts with state-of-the-art technology in a healing environment – all under one roof. Our coordinated approach to care enables patients to see all their care providers at one place, saving time and reducing the need for multiple appointments. Patients are supported by a team that includes an oncology social worker, oncology dietitian, financial counselors and dedicated patient navigators.

Executive Director at Community Cancer Center South, Regina Ward, and Community Health Network CEO, Bryan Mills, talk about the unique approach our facility takes to cancer care.

Visit our website for more information about Community Cancer Center South.

Cancer answers: How is testicular cancer detected?

Written by Community Health Network on 4/15/2014 7:00:00 AM

By Anuj Agarwala, MD, a Community Health Network board certified hematologist, medical oncologists and internal medicine specialists, and a MD Anderson Cancer Network™ certified 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 their is cancer. However, blood work, X-rays and/or CT scans may be performed depending on your individual situation.

Ask Dr. Agarwala
Submit your cancer questions to Dr. Agarwala and other Community cancer experts to have them answered.

A look inside Community Cancer Center South

Written by Community Health Network on 4/14/2014 7:00:00 PM

Thursday, Community will open the doors to a new, world-class cancer facility on the Community Hospital South campus.

The new 65,000-square-foot facility will offer a multidisciplinary and coordinated approach to care that enables patients to see all of their cancer care providers in the same day under one roof. Patients will have access to a team of medical experts and state-of-the-art technology all in a healing environment supported by a cancer care team of oncology social workers, dietitians, financial counselors, integrative therapies and patient navigators. 

A look inside: 

  • Three floors dedicated to comprehensive patient care.
  • 16 private infusion rooms with individual temperature control and heated recliners.
  • Imaging technology including, PET CT, 3T MRI, linear accelerator, 3D mammography, ultrasound and X-ray.
  • On-site lab
  • On-site pharmacy
  • FigLeaf Boutique, the only cancer speciality boutique on the south side. (Fun fact: Every employee is a certified mastectomy fitter.) 
  • Full range of certified oncology specialists including, radiation and medical oncology, gynecologic oncology, breast care, colorectal care, head and neck care, lung care and prostate care. 
  • Music, art and massage therapies
  • Healing garden

Check 'em

Written by Community Health Network on 4/10/2014 6:00:00 PM

We're going balls to the wall this month to help you prevent testicular cancer. A testicular self-examination is one way to reduce risk of testicular cancer. The best time to examine your testicles is during or after a bath or shower, when the skin of the scrotum is relaxed.

It’s normal for one testicle to be slightly larger, and to hang lower than the other. You should also be aware that each normal testicle has an epididymis, a small, coiled tube that can feel like a small bump on the upper or middle outer side of the testis. Normal testicles also contain blood vessels, supporting tissues, and tubes that carry sperm. Some men may confuse these with abnormal lumps at first.

Try to check your testicles once a month. If you examine your testicles frequently, you will become familiar with what is normal and what is not.

I found an unusual lump.
If you have any concerns or find unusual lumps, consult your doctor for a general physical and testing for testicular cancer.

Image source: Testicular Cancer Foundation

Tags: prevention | Posted in: Testicular Cancer

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Appointments available!

To make an appointment with an MD Anderson Cancer Network™ certified physician at Community, call 800-777-7775 today!

Now open! Community Cancer Center South

Welcome to world-class cancer treatment on the southside of Indianapolis. Inside the 65,000 square-foot facility, you'll find state-of-the-art technology, expert oncologists, and a host of on-site amenities and features to help patients through the healing process.

April is Testicular Cancer Awareness Month

Did you know testicular cancer affects men as young as 15? Visit our website to learn more about testicular cancer and how to protect yourself with a self-exam.

Learn more about testicular cancer in April