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Cancer of the Testicle (cont.)

Testicular Cancer Prognosis

After treatment for testicular cancer, most men enjoy a full, cancer-free life. The patient's ability to have an erection and orgasm will likely not change after testicular cancer treatment. However, men who wish to father children in the future are strongly urged to take advantage of sperm banking in case their fertility is impaired by the cancer or treatment. Orchiectomy alone does not affect fertility, but chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and RPLND all may affect fertility in different ways. At 10 years, testicular cancer survivors are one-third less likely to father children as their peers.

Survival rates depend on the stage and type of testicular cancer.

  • Stage I seminoma has a 99% cure rate.
  • Stage I nonseminoma has about a 97%-99% cure rate.
  • Stage IIA seminoma has a 95% cure rate.
  • Stage IIB seminoma has an 80% cure rate.
  • Stage IIA nonseminoma has a 98% cure rate.
  • Stage IIB nonseminoma has a 95% cure rate.
  • Stage III seminoma has about an 80% cure rate.
  • Stage III nonseminoma has about an 80% cure rate.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/11/2014
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