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Testicular Cancer

Screening and Diagnosis | Personalized Treatment | Additional Patient Support

Testicular cancer is a relatively rare cancer that originates in the testicles (testes). It typically occurs in mostly young men between the ages of 15 and 34.

The experienced specialists at NorthShore Kellogg Cancer Center combine the most advanced scientific knowledge and technology with a comprehensive and compassionate approach to care. They create a program of personalized medicine and patient-centered care for each individual diagnosed with testicular cancer.

Drawing from the diverse experience of physicians, surgeons, nurses, researchers and a host of other highly trained healthcare professionals, the Kellogg Cancer Center team is dedicated to putting patients—and families—at the center of a healthcare experience that delivers compassionate, quality care.

Testicular Cancer Screening and Diagnosis

Some men may discover a lump in their testicle even before a physical exam by a doctor. When having a testicular cancer screening, your doctor will perform a physical exam and order further testing, including blood tests to measure certain tumor markers and ultrasound to see a picture of the mass in a patient’s testicle.

If a diagnosis of testicular cancer is made, a physician will determine the severity or stage of the cancer, including whether it has spread to other areas of the body.

Personalized Testicular Cancer Treatment

Testicular cancer is highly treatable. The type of treatment will be recommended based on the stage and type of cancer; biology of the tumor; and goals of the patient. Multimodal strategies combining chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery are often used to ensure the best possible outcomes. We also offer a program of active surveillance following surgery. Patients are monitored regularly and only treated with another form of testicular cancer treatment (chemotherapy, radiation or both) if active cancer recurs. Because testicular cancer affects mostly young men of childbearing age, helping patients maintain fertility is of high importance.

Our multidisciplinary team meets regularly in a multidisciplinary conference to discuss each patient’s case in detail and to design a personalized testicular cancer treatment plan. Your team may include your medical oncologistsurgeon, radiation oncologistgeneticist, pathologist, nutritionist, pharmacist, interventional radiologist, social worker and researchers, all focused on you. This "meeting of the minds" provides critical input, resulting in an individualized care plan outlining the best course of action for your care.

Additional Patient Support

Kellogg Cancer Center’s unique services and resources assist patients and family members with a variety of challenges they may face from diagnosis, treatment and beyond. A wide array of support services are available to patients that include our integrative medicine services, financial advocacy and survivorship, to name a few.

For More Information

For more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, please call 847.570.2112.