Our Testicular Cancer Services
When you see BIDMC's testicular cancer experts, you may have a series of tests to thoroughly identify your condition and develop a treatment plan that works best for you. Some of these tests include:
- Physical exam
- Diagnostic imaging for the evaluation and staging of your disease, such as a CT scan or MRI to show detailed pictures of tissues and organs, as well as abnormal cells.
- Biopsy – the removal of a tissue sample from the tumor. After removal of the testicular tumor, doctors can then tell what type of testicular cancer you have by looking at the cells under a microscope.
- Blood tests – Some types of testicular cancer can increase blood levels of proteins known as tumor markers. For example, proteins including human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) and alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) can be detected by a simple blood test and are considered tumor markers for certain types of testicular cancer.
Our genitourinary cancer team reviews all of your information during our weekly multidisciplinary conference. Radiologists report on your imaging studies and pathologists review the results of your biopsy. Urologists, oncologists, and radiation oncologists express their opinions. Then the team of experts considers all the options and chooses the best course of action for you. Depending on the type and stage of your cancer and other factors, testicular cancer treatment can include:
- Radiation therapy
- Chemotherapy (chemo)
More than one of type of treatment might be used and, in general, the cure rates for testicular cancer are very high, usually over 95%.