Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer treatment at Scripps

Scripps Health in San Diego offers treatment options for testicular cancer.

Testicular cancer treatment at Scripps

Testicular cancer is a form of male genital cancer most commonly diagnosed in those who are younger or middle-aged.


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Testicular cancer screening and diagnosis

Regular screenings to check for testicular cancer are recommended. Testicular cancer can be diagnosed through some of the following exams and tests:


  • Biopsy to remove a small tissue sample of the testicle for examination.

Treatment of testicular cancer

Treatment options for testicular cancer may include:

Surgery for testicular cancer

Testicular cancer surgery involves inguinal orchiectomy, which is a procedure to remove the testicle through an incision in the groin. The procedure can also be part of the approach to diagnosing a testicular cancer and typically involves removal of some of the nearby lymph nodes.

Radiation therapy

Intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) is a state-of-the-art radiation therapy that can be used to treat testicular cancer.

Chemotherapy

Several chemotherapy drugs are FDA-approved for treatment of testicular cancer. High-dose chemotherapy in combination with stem cell transplant can also be part of treatment.

Active surveillance

Close observation and testing after surgery for removal of a testicle may be recommended for cases of testicular cancers that have not spread beyond their origin. This approach forgoes chemotherapy or radiation therapy immediately after surgery but requires vigilance with regular follow-up blood tests and imaging tests for up to 10 years.

Support services

To enhance the care of patients with testicular cancer, Scripps Health also offers the following services: