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Cancer of the Testicle (cont.)

Follow-up

Follow-up is the care patients receive after their cancer is diagnosed and treated.

  • Follow-up in testicular cancer varies and is based on the type of cancer, the cancer's response to treatment, and the physician's preference.
  • The idea is to monitor the patient's recovery and look for early signs of cancer recurrence.
  • Follow-up involves regular visits to the urologist for physical examination and tests.
  • The urologist will probably want to see the patient every few months for the first two years, then every six to 12 months for five years or longer.
  • Patients treated for testicular cancer can expect periodic CT scans, chest X-rays, and blood tests for life.

Cancers can recur after treatment, and accurately predicting which men will have a recurrence is impossible. Recurrences, if detected and treated early, have a high rate of cure. The patient's best way to ensure that a recurrence is caught early is to carefully follow the physician's follow-up recommendations.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 6/11/2014
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