Testicular cancer is the most common solid tumor in young men. Because it strikes so early, clinicians must be especially careful when using radiation to avoid exposing other organs, such as the bladder, small intestine, stomach and prostate.
The most advanced facility of its kind in Southern California, Scripps Proton Therapy Center uses precision radiation to help overcome these challenges. Protons deposit their highest radiation doses directly in tumors, reducing exposure to other organs and tissues. As a result, some patients with testicular cancer can experience fewer side effects and a lowered risk of secondary cancers.
The clinical and scientific teams have more than 90 years of combined experience treating patients with proton therapy. Learn more about the experts at the center.
From diagnosis and treatment to navigation and support, Scripps offers comprehensive cancer care. Learn how proton therapy further complements these services.
When using radiation to treat testicular cancer, the primary goals are to stop the disease and spare healthy tissue. Proton therapy pinpoints tumors, while reducing radiation to nearby organs and other important structures. This is particularly important if the cancer has spread.
Because testicular cancers often strike younger men, and is highly curable, damage to healthy tissues must be minimized to reduce the risk of secondary cancers.
Proton’s accuracy is even further enhanced by Scripps’ advanced imaging and pencil beam scanning technology, which focuses a narrow proton beam — smaller than the width of a pencil — to precisely target tumors.
Cancer treatment can be a difficult time for both patients and their families. Understanding this, Scripps offers a wide variety of care to ease the burden. Learn more about the support services available.
Each patient’s therapy is precisely tailored to their needs. Patients and clinicians collaborate closely to create a personalized treatment plan. The number and length of treatments will vary, based on the cancer. How patients respond depends on many factors, including the types of treatments they are receiving. Many people tolerate proton therapy well and continue to perform normal activities. However, individual responses vary. Learn more about what to expect during treatment at Scripps Proton Therapy Center.
Proton therapy is a highly precise form of external radiation therapy that can be used for tumor control in select patients. All cancer treatments have advantages and disadvantages. Be sure to discuss these, as well as treatment options, with your cancer specialist.
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