Our Approach to Treating Testicular Cancer
Testicular cancer develops in one or both of the testicles, which are the male reproductive organs that produce sperm and hormones such as testosterone. Testicular tumors are often benign (noncancerous), but they can also be malignant (cancerous and able to spread). Testicular cancer is less common than many other types of cancer; each year, between 8,000 and 8,500 American men are diagnosed with cancer of the testicles. Most testicular cancers develop in the germ cells (the tissues that produce sperm), but a smaller percentage develop in the stroma (the tissues that produce hormones). Both types of tumors are highly responsive to treatment, with survival rates as high as 99 percent.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, we take a unique approach to treating testicular cancer. The multispecialty testicular cancer team in our Urologic Oncology Program creates a tailored treatment plan for every patient, taking into account individualized factors such as the stage and cell type of a tumor. This helps us achieve the best possible outcome and quality of life for every patient we treat. No matter which testicular cancer treatments are most appropriate for a patient’s specific needs, Moffitt provides all of them in one convenient location. As a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, we are widely recognized for our groundbreaking research that has led to advances in treatments such as:
- Surgical resection (removal), including the latest robotic techniques and surgeries for cancerous lymph nodes
- Chemotherapy, including novel combinations of multiple drugs
- Radiation therapy, delivered through highly precise methods
- Supportive care and assistance with the management of side effects
- Clinical trials, through which patients can access novel therapies before they are made available elsewhere
While a patient is receiving testicular cancer treatment at Moffitt, our tumor board will collaboratively review his or her progress on an ongoing basis. If any modifications are necessary, our oncologists will make evidence-based recommendations for different therapies or additional options.
Patients do not need to obtain referrals to seek testicular cancer treatment at Moffitt. To make an appointment with one of the oncologists in our testicular cancer program, submit a new patient registration form online or call 1-888-MOFFITT.