As with other forms of cancer, testicular cancer can spread, or metastasize, to other areas of the body. For testicular cancer, metastasis is most common in the lungs and lymph nodes in the chest, pelvis and base of the neck. Cancer that is more advanced can also spread to the bones or the liver.
There are two main types of testicular cancer – seminomas and nonseminomas. Seminomas tend to grow and spread more slowly than nonseminomas, which are more common, accounting for roughly 60 percent of all testicular cancers. How quickly a cancer spreads will vary from patient to patient.
Is metastatic testicular cancer curable?
Testicular cancer has a highly favorable survival rate – even for cancers that have spread outside the testicles. However, it is important to bear in mind that many factors play a role in a cancer’s treatability, and no two patients or cancers are alike. Treatment for testicular cancer varies depending on the stage of the cancer and the patient’s preferences and overall health.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, our Urologic Oncology Program features a multispecialty team of medical oncologists, surgeons, radiation oncologists and other experts who all specialize in the treatment of testicular cancer. This team collaborates to develop an individualized treatment plan for each of our patients, tailored to their cancer and unique needs. Our unique approach to treatment paired with our team’s unparalleled level of experience that comes from practicing at our high-volume cancer center allows us to help our patients achieve more favorable outcomes and a higher quality of life.
For more information about metastatic testicular cancer, call 1-888-663-3488. Or, complete a new patient registration form online if you would like to consult with our oncologists specializing in testicular cancer. We welcome new patients at Moffitt with or without referrals.