Testicular cancer most commonly occurs in young men aged 15 – 30 years, however it can occur at all ages of life. This is most commonly discovered incidentally when a lump is detected by the patient in the testicle. All lumps in the testicle, especially in young men should be quickly evaluated by a Urologist. Initial evaluation for suspected testicular cancer may involve and in office exam, an ultrasound, blood work, and possible more advanced imaging such as CT scans. If testicular cancer is suspected, then an orchiectomy (removal of the testicle) is usually recommended.
Additional treatments such as radiation, chemotherapy, or additional surgery may be recommended depending on the type of cancer and the stage. There are several different types of testicular cancers with seminoma being the most common and most of these being low stage. The survival for testicular cancer is very high if treatments are received without delay after diagnosis. The Jackson Clinic Urologists are experts in treating testicular cancer.