The prevalence of testicular cancer is on the rise, with an estimated 9,310 new cases expected to be diagnosed throughout 2018, the American Cancer Society reports. Because testicular cancer is successfully treatable when caught early, leading urologists Jeffrey M. Frankel, MD; David C. Reed, MD; and Jeffrey L. Evans, MD offer the latest in treatment options. If you have testicular cancer, or are at risk of developing it, book an exam at Dr’s Frankel, Reed, and Evans in Burien, Washington. Schedule either online or over the phone.
Testicular cancer is rare, although it is the most common type of cancer in American men 15-35 years old. You may also have a higher risk of testicular cancer if you:
Because there is no way to prevent testicular cancer from forming, it’s important to know the warning signs, so you know when to see your doctor.
Generally, yes. One of the initial warnings that you have an abnormal growth is being able to feel a lump or enlargement in either testicle — it’s often sore or painful. Usually, this growth only develops in one testicle. You could also experience:
It’s important to make an appointment at Dr’s Frankel, Reed, and Evans if you experience any of these symptoms, especially if they last longer than two weeks.
Your testicular cancer treatment depends on the type of tumor growth. Testicular cancer can be either a seminoma tumor or a nonseminoma tumor. A seminoma tumor, the type of testicular cancer that develops more often in older men, is generally localized and not aggressive. With this type of tumor, you might only need radiation therapy to destroy cancerous cells.
Nonseminoma tumors usually develop earlier in life and are known to spread rapidly. With either type of tumor, though, your urologist at Dr’s Frankel, Reed, and Evans is likely going to recommend surgery to remove the affected testicle. This surgery, known as radical inguinal orchiectomy, is the primary treatment for nearly all varieties and stages of testicular cancer.
If the cancer has spread, part of your procedure could also involve removing nearby lymph nodes. Some patients need chemotherapy before or after surgery, depending on the aggressiveness of the cancer.
Schedule your testicular cancer screening at Dr’s Frankel, Reed, and Evans either by using the online scheduling system or by calling the clinic.