A testicular cancer recurrence will occur for a small percentage of men who are in remission. Most often, the recurrence will occur one to two years after the initial cancer has been treated. Because testicular tumors, like other tumors, are generally best treated when discovered early, men who are in remission from testicular cancer should perform monthly self-exams and typically undergo ultrasounds annually so that if a recurrence does occur, it can be detected and treated promptly before it progresses and fewer treatment options are available.
Men in St. Petersburg, FL, who are experiencing a testicular cancer recurrence can turn to the experts at Moffitt Cancer Center, located in nearby Tampa. Moffitt’s physicians have a high level of experience in treating patients with all stages of testicular cancer, and the experts within our Urologic Oncology Program are committed to providing each patient with an individualized course of treatment that will give them the best chance of achieving a favorable outcome and improved quality of life. Moffitt is also at the forefront of testicular cancer research, and many of our patients have the opportunity to benefit from the latest advancements in testicular cancer treatment through our robust clinical trials program.
The oncologists at Moffitt Cancer Center use the following methods to treat recurrent testicular cancer:
- High-dose chemotherapy with a bone marrow transplant
- Combination chemotherapy, during which two or more chemotherapy medications are administered together
- Radiation therapy, during which cancer cells are destroyed using high-energy beams administered either outside the body or through a radioactive implant
- Surgery, if the cancer returns more than two years after the initial tumor was removed
St. Petersburg, FL, residents who are undergoing testicular cancer treatment at Moffitt also have access to a number of supportive care services in the same, convenient location where they are receiving treatment. We have dietitians, social workers, counselors and many other professionals available to help patients cope with the physical and emotional challenges of undergoing cancer treatment.
If you live in St. Petersburg, FL, and have a testicular cancer recurrence, you can schedule a consultation with a Moffitt physician by calling 1-888-663-3488 or by submitting a new patient registration form online. We see patients with and without referrals.