Every year, between 8,000 and 10,000 men receive a testicular cancer diagnosis. Fortunately, with early detection and treatment, it’s possible to manage and cure. At Hemet Valley Urology Medical Center, urologists Girdhari Purohit, MD, FACS, James Hendricks, MD, FACS, and the team offer state-of-the-art care for testicular cancer. To make an appointment at the practice in Hemet, California, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Testicular cancer occurs in the testicles, two glands that produce male sex hormones and sperm. It’s one of the rarest types of cancers and is most common in males between the ages of 15-35. Testicular cancer responds well to modern treatments, even when it spreads to other parts of the body.
Common symptoms of testicular cancer include:
As testicular cancer progresses, you might also experience swelling or tender breast tissue.
It’s important to regularly perform self-exams of the testicles. If you detect any abnormal bumps, lumps, or swelling, make an appointment with the team at Hemet Valley Urology Medical Center. That’s especially true if your symptoms last for longer than two weeks and don’t respond to conservative treatments like ice, rest, or over-the-counter pain medication.
Men of all ages develop testicular cancer, but certain factors may increase your risk, including having an undescended testicle, having a family history of the condition, or being Caucasian. You’re also more likely to develop testicular cancer if you’re under the age of 40.
To determine if you have testicular cancer, the team at Hemet Valley Urology Medical Center conducts a physical exam and reviews your medical history. If your provider detects a lump or unusual mass, they order additional testing like an ultrasound or blood tests.
An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to capture real-time images of the soft tissues beneath the skin. It helps your provider determine if the growths in your scrotum are cancerous or benign. Blood tests analyze your blood for tumor markers.
Treatment of testicular cancer depends on the severity and stage of growth. The most common method of care is the removal of the affected testicle. Usually, this procedure occurs on an outpatient basis.
If the cancer progresses or spreads elsewhere, your provider might recommend surgical removal of the lymph nodes near the scrotum, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy.
To learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of testicular cancer, make an appointment at Hemet Valley Urology Medical Center by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.