Men’s Health Check
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Yes, testicular cancer is very curable if it’s diagnosed early. That’s why it’s important to regularly check your testicles for any changes. Get to know what’s normal for you so that you’ll notice any changes. The earlier testicular cancer is diagnosed, the better your chances of recovery.
The first sign of testicular cancer is a swollen testicle or a hard, solid lump on your testicle. You might feel pain or discomfort in your scrotum – it may feel like a pulling sensation or heavy feeling. Other testicular cancer symptoms can include a testicle that looks bigger than usual, or a dull ache or heavy feeling in your lower tummy.
See our symptoms of testicular cancer section for more information.
You may still be able to have children after testicular cancer. If you have one of your testicles removed, the remaining testicle will still make sperm. And it will make enough of the hormone testosterone. But chemotherapy and radiotherapy can lower your fertility. If you have both testicles removed, you’ll be unable to have children (infertile). If you want children, you may be able to bank your sperm.
Very few people get cancer in both testicles. But if you do, you’ll need to have both testicles removed. Your testicles make sperm and produce the hormone testosterone. So, if you have both testicles removed, you’ll be unable to have children. Your doctor will offer you the chance to bank your sperm, if you wish, and prescribe you testosterone replacement therapy.
Statistics suggest that the survival rate for testicular cancer is 95% after 5 years. This means around 9 in 10 people diagnosed with testicular cancer in England are alive 5 years or more later. Your survival will depend on things like your personal general health, what type of cancer you have and when you get treatment. Ask your doctor to explain this to you.
If your testicular cancer comes back, your doctor will offer you more treatment (usually chemotherapy), which might still cure your cancer. Surgery might also be necessary to remove lymph nodes in your tummy or if cancer has spread to other parts of your body, such as your lungs.
It’s important to attend follow-up hospital appointments after treatment for testicular cancer so your doctor can check whether your cancer has come back and offer you the best treatment.
See our after your treatment section for more information.
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