Cancer of the Testicle (cont.)
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
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.
Steven C Campbell, MD, PhD
Scott H Plantz, MD, FAAEM
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
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