Testicular Cancer (cont.)
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There are no proven ways to prevent testicular cancer. But the following steps may increase the possibility of finding early-stage testicular cancer when it is most likely to be curable.
Home treatment can help you manage the side effects that may occur from your treatment. Some treatments for testicular cancer, such as chemotherapy or radiation, can have serious side effects. Be sure to follow any instructions and take medicines given to you by your doctor. In general, healthy habits such as eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep and exercise may help control your symptoms.
Other issues may include:
Testicular cancer and its treatments do not always cause pain. If you have pain, there are many options to relieve it. If your doctor gives you instructions or medicines to treat pain, be sure to follow them. Home treatment for pain, such as a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID) or an alternative therapy, such as biofeedback, may improve your physical and mental well-being. Be sure to discuss with your doctor any home treatment you use for pain. For more information, see the topic Cancer Pain.
The diagnosis of testicular cancer and the need for treatment can be very stressful. You may be able to reduce your stress by expressing your feelings to others. Learning relaxation techniques, such as meditation or yoga, may also help you reduce stress.
Your feelings about your body may change following a diagnosis of testicular cancer and the need for treatment. Adapting to your body image changes may involve talking openly about your concerns with your partner and discussing your feelings with your doctor. Your doctor may also be able to refer you to groups that can offer support and information.
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