What can you expect during testicular cancer treatment?
Testicular cancer may affect one or both of the testes, which are located in a man’s scrotum. Testicular cancer is a particularly challenging type of cancer for men to cope with because of the potential for long-term sexual health complications. However, an experienced oncologist at MountainView Hospital can recommend the latest clinically proven treatments to give you the best possible outcome.
Treatment planning for testicular cancer
Before treatment begins, your oncologist will carefully evaluate all of your medical information to plan the most appropriate course of treatment for you. You’ll receive counseling on the types of treatment recommended and the potential complications. Since infertility is a possibility, you may be counseled about your options for preserving fertility. Freezing your sperm is an effective way to improve your chances of fathering a child after your recovery.
Surgery for testicular cancer
Surgery is a primary treatment for testicular cancer patients. The goal of surgery is to remove all or as much of the cancer as possible. The surgeon may remove one or both testicles. Nearby lymph nodes may be removed as well. The lymph nodes are part of the lymphatic system, which plays an important role in the body’s immune function.
Radiation therapy for testicular cancer
It’s common for patients to have multiple types of cancer treatments . Your oncologist may recommend having radiation therapy in addition to your surgery. This treatment targets a beam of radiation at the site to kill cancer cells. The treatment itself takes just a few minutes, but getting you into the right position can take much longer.
Chemotherapy for testicular cancer
Your oncologist may recommend one or more chemotherapy drugs. These are given in cycles, either by mouth or intravenously. Chemotherapy is well-known for causing hair loss and nausea, but other side effects might also occur. These may include intense fatigue and a “foggy brain.” Of course, not everyone will experience the same side effects. It’s important to take good care of yourself during cancer treatment with the following steps:
- Getting plenty of rest
- Eating nutritious meals
- Staying hydrated
- Following the oncologist’s instructions
- Alerting your oncologist to side effects
- Asking others for help
Skillful oncologists, specially trained clinical pharmacists and certified oncology nurses care for our patients’ every need at MountainView Hospital’s Oncology Unit. In all that we do, we continually strive for healthcare excellence to give you the superior care you deserve. You can contact our hospital in Las Vegas at (702) 962-5021.