Cancer answers: Is testicular cancer treatable?

Written by Community Health Network on 4/24/2014 7:00:00 AM

By Anuj Agarwala, MD, a Community Health Network board certified hematologist, medical oncologist and internal medicine specialist, and an MD Anderson Cancer Network™ certified physician.

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.

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