Testicular Cancer Treatment
When testicular cancer is found early, it is always curable. Studies show that the five-year survival rate for early stages of testicular cancer is greater than 95 percent. In cases where the cancer has spread beyond local lymph nodes, the five-year survival rate is 75 percent.
The Department of Urology provides expert diagnosis and treatment of testicular cancer. The main treatment options are surgery, external beam radiation therapy, and in more advanced cases, chemotherapy.
Surgery to remove the cancerous testicle is a common treatment for most stages of testicular cancer. Only the diseased testicle is removed; very few men ever develop a tumor in the other testicle. After surgery, the affected side of the scrotum will look flat and empty.
A number of men opt for surgery to implant a testicular prosthesis (an artificial testicle). Filled with silicone gel, the prosthesis is matched to the size of the remaining testicle and restores a natural look and feel to the scrotum. The scar from the surge ry is often partly hidden by pubic hair.
The Department of Urology is also experienced in performing surgery to remove cancer that has spread to the lymph nodes, while sparing the nerves responsible for ejaculation.
For patient referral or consultations, contact the Department of Urology at 412-692-4100.