Testicular Cancer

Below you will find more information about Testicular Cancer from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Testicular Cancer it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Testicular Cancer and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Testicular Cancer comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Testicular cancer is known as disease wherein the cells become cancerous either in one or both testicles. The testicles are a pair of male sex organs that produce and store sperm and the main source of testosterone in men.

Diagnosis

Laboratory tests include blood tests, ultrasound and biopsy. A complete physical examination is also performed by the physician. If cancer is found more tests are ordered to check for the severity of it has spread to other parts of the body.

Treatment

The treatment for testicular cancers depends on the severity or stage of the disease. Options for treatment are surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy and advanced or recurrent treatment is done if the cancer keeps coming back or the patient has not responded to the other treatments. One kind of advanced treatment that is being studied is he stem cell transplant where in stem cells are filtered from the blood and frozen for future use.

Symptoms and Signs

Enlargement or lump in one or both testicles Heaviness in the scrotum Mild ached in the groin or abdomen Abrupt collection of fluid in the scrotum Pain in a testicle or scrotum Softness or swelling of breasts Unexplained weakness

Causes

Almost all testicular cancers are starts in the germ cells that produce immature sperm. What makes the germ cells abnormal is not yet known.

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