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Testicular Cancer

Spokane Urology

Urologists located in Spokane, WA & Spokane Valley, WA

In a given year, as many as 8,000 to 10,000 American men develop testicular cancer. Because the cure rate is excellent, especially when diagnosed early, Spokane Urology provides expanded screenings and integrative treatments for testicular cancer for men throughout Spokane and Spokane Valley, Washington. If you have a history of testicular cancer, or are starting to experience symptoms, book an evaluation online today. You can also call the clinic to speak with a team member directly.

Testicular Cancer Q&A

Are there risk factors for testicular cancer?

Yes. While testicular cancer isn’t well understood, medical experts do recognize that your risk of developing this type of cancer is higher if you have an undescended testicle that has not dropped down into your scrotum. Even if you have an undescended testicle remedied through surgery, your risk of developing testicular cancer is 25 to 50 times higher than someone who has a normal testicle.

It’s also possible to have a higher risk of developing testicular cancer if you have a father or brother with the condition. Testicular cancer is also often linked to abnormal cells, known as germ cell neoplasia in situ (GCNIS), which are found in your testicles.

What are the symptoms of testicular cancer?

Your testicle is an egg-shaped structure that has a firm, slightly spongy feel. At the top and outside edge of your testicle is a separate rubbery tube-like structure — the epididymis — where sperm mature before eventually being ejaculated from your body.

The consistency of your testicle should be uniform, and each testicle should be about the same size. If you notice a lump or hard spot, it may be a sign of a tumor. Testicular cancer is known for leading to swelling, and an enlargement of your testicle as the tumor progresses. You may also experience:

  • Tenderness in your breast tissue
  • Pain or aching in your testicle, groin, or scrotum
  • Abnormal feeling of weight or heaviness in your scrotum

To confirm or rule out testicular cancer, your urologist at Spokane Urology performs a physical exam. They may also recommend an ultrasound, as well as a blood test (serum tumor marker test) to check for certain tumor markers.

How does a urologist treat testicular cancer?

Testicular cancer can be broken down into three stages. Stage 1 cancer is centralized in your testicle, Stage 2 cancer spreads to your lymph nodes in your abdomen, and Stage 3 cancer spreads to other areas of your body. Your treatment depends on which type of testicular cancer you have.

In most cases, removing the testicle through a small groin incision is the first step. Your urologist can even implant a testicular prosthesis for cosmetic benefits. Your testicular cancer treatment plan may also include:

  • Lymph node removal
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation

The urologists at Spokane Urology understand how overwhelming a testicular cancer diagnosis can be. They work together to ensure you receive personalized care throughout every step of your treatment plan.

Click on the online booking tool to book your testicular cancer exam at Spokane Urology today, or call the office to speak with a team member about an appointment.