Scripps is a leader in caring for men with testicular cancer. Our oncology specialists treat this rare male genital cancer with advanced therapies designed to preserve function and fertility, including minimally invasive surgery that uses small incisions, potentially resulting in shorter hospital stays and a faster recovery.
Our multidisciplinary, collaborative board of cancer specialists reviews every patient’s care plan to ensure you receive the best possible care from diagnosis to recovery.
Testicular cancer is a type of male genitourinary cancer that starts in the testicles, which make and store sperm and produce most of the male hormones. Testicular cancer makes up only 1 percent of all cancers in men. About 1 of every 263 men will develop testicular cancer during their lifetime.
Younger men are more likely to develop the disease than older men. It’s the most frequently diagnosed cancer among men between the ages of 20 and 34. The average age at diagnosis is 33. Fewer than 10 percent of testicular cancers occur in children or in men older than 55.
As with other genitourinary cancers — such as prostate cancer, bladder cancer and kidney cancer — early detection can lead to more effective treatment. In fact, 99 percent of testicular cancers can be successfully treated when detected early.
Testicular cancer symptoms can vary. Some men have symptoms early on, while others will have none until the cancer has advanced. Learn more about testicular cancer symptoms, diagnostic testing and stages below. As with most cancers, the earlier testicular cancer is found, the greater the likelihood of successful treatment.
When you’ve been diagnosed with testicular cancer, you want a team of expert cancer specialists on your side. Scripps’ multidisciplinary oncology teams fight testicular cancer using the latest evidence-based treatments and therapies, including minimally invasive surgery and targeted radiation therapy.
Scripps diagnoses and treats testicular cancer at numerous locations throughout San Diego County. From Chula Vista and La Jolla to Encinitas and beyond, our extensive network of Southern California cancer care centers includes:
- Four Scripps hospitals on five campuses
- Outpatient clinics
- Specialty cancer treatment centers
For details on specific centers and their services, visit cancer care locations.
Scripps offers a comprehensive lineup of support groups, support services and resources to help you along every step of your cancer journey.