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Treatments


Testicular cancer treatment is based on several factors: overall health and medical history, disease reach, and other individual factors. You have the services of our multidisciplinary team of cancer specialists who will work together to develop a comprehensive treatment plan for you and your cancer.

  • Surgery

    Surgery is nearly always the first treatment for testicular cancer. However, removal of the testicle (inguinal orchiectomy) and some of the lymph nodes in the lower abdomen may occur during diagnosis and staging. Stage I patients are cured with removal of the testicle 85 percent of the time, without chemotherapy.

  • Chemotherapy

    The goal of chemotherapy is to kill remaining cancer cells so cancer doesn't come back. Often, patients deemed a good or intermediate risk are cured with chemotherapy after the testicle is removed. These drugs can be given through by mouth or through a vein and come in tablet form.

    • If you require intravenous (infusion) chemotherapy, you can receive it at the Comprehensive Treatment Unit (CTU) at Sylvester's main location in Miami. This 12,000-square-foot unit includes 33 recliners and 11 private rooms.

    • If you'd like, you can also have your infusion treatments at the Kendall, Plantation, Hollywood, Coral Springs and Deerfield Beach locations.

  • Radiation Therapy

    External radiation therapy targets high levels of radiation to the cancer cells. Radiation treatments are painless and usually last only a few minutes. Most testicular cancers can be cured with surgery and chemotherapy. However, seminoma, a type of testicular cancer, can be treated with radiation therapy after surgery with a cure rate approaching 98 percent.

  • Supportive Care

    Palliative care specialists and psychologists are available to help you fit cancer treatment into your life. Palliative care can decrease your stress levels and other burdens. Specialists at the Department of Urology at the University of Miami also offer fertility counseling for male cancer patients to help you explore your options and make decisions regarding fertility preservation before you undergo treatments, such as removal of the testes, chemotherapy or radiation therapy.