Testicular Cancer (cont.)
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Nearly all men with testicular cancer begin treatment with surgery to remove the cancerous testicle. This procedure is called a radical inguinal orchiectomy. With nonseminoma cancer, surgery may be done to remove lymph nodes in the pelvis and lower back. This surgery is called retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND).
Testicular cancer may be treated with the following surgeries:
What to think about
Try to find an experienced surgeon and a medical center where many surgeries are done for your kind of cancer. Experience can make a big difference. You will likely have fewer side effects, and you'll recover more quickly.
Radiation therapy for testicular cancer uses high-dose X-rays or other types of radiation to kill testicular cancer cells. Radiation therapy may be used after surgery to keep testicular cancer from coming back. Sometimes radiation therapy is used to treat testicular cancer that has come back.
Radiation therapy may be used to treat seminoma cancer. Because the lymph nodes in the pelvis and lower back (retroperitoneum) are the most common areas of metastasis for testicular cancer, radiation is commonly focused on that area.
What to think about
You may have a choice between radiation therapy or another treatment. When making your decision, it is important to talk to your doctor about the risks and possible side effects of radiation therapy.
People sometimes use complementary therapies along with medical treatment to help relieve symptoms and side effects of cancer treatments. Some of the complementary therapies that may be helpful include:
Mind-body treatments like the ones listed above may help you feel better. They can make it easier to cope with cancer treatments. They also may reduce chronic low back pain, joint pain, headaches, and pain from treatments.
Before you try a complementary therapy, talk to your doctor about its potential value and side effects. Let your doctor know if you are already using any such therapies. Complementary therapies are not meant to take the place of standard medical treatment. But they may improve your quality of life and help you deal with the stress and side effects of cancer treatment.
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