Types of testicular cancer

Written by Community Health Network on 4/8/2014 3:00:00 PM

About 90% of testicular cancers start in germ cells that make sperm. There are two main types of germ cell tumors. The type you have will determine your treatment and prognosis.

Seminoma
Seminomas tend to grow more slowly and respond well to radiation therapy.
The two subtypes of seminomas are: classical (most common) and spermatocytic (more often found in older men).

Nonseminoma
Nonseminomas tend to occur earlier in life and spread faster. Young men are more likely to have nonseminomas. 

There are four tumor types: embryonal carcinoma, yolk sac carcinoma, choriocarcinoma and teratoma. These tumors generally respond better to chemotherapy than radiation therapy.

Be proactive.
The best way to prevent testicular cancer is to perform monthly self-exams. Here is an easy, three-step guide to performing a self-exam.

Tags: germ cells | Posted in: Testicular Cancer

Appointments available!

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



1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.

Don't wait for the diagnosis. Get a cancer screening today! When diagnosed early, many cancers can be treated. Register for yours here.


Categories


Tags