Cancer of the testicles, also known as testicular cancer usually affects younger men between the ages of 15 and 49. Testicular cancer is relatively uncommon, accounting for just 1% of all cancers that occur in men. Each year in the UK around 2,300 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer. Testicular cancer occurs when the genetic material of cells in the testicles become damaged or changed, producing mutations that affect normal cell growth and division. The abnormal cells then replicate, causing cancer. If undetected, the cancer can spread beyond the testicles and move to other parts of the body.
The first course of treatment for testicular cancer is usually to surgically remove the affected testicle. In cases that have been diagnosed early, this may be the only action required. Depending on the stage and type of cancer, a short course of chemotherapy or radiotherapy may be recommended to prevent the cancer from returning.
At Nova Healthcare we offer chemotherapy for patients with testicular cancer, which is delivered by our team of specialist nurses in in our state-of-the-art private chemotherapy suite.
Further information about testicular cancer can be accessed through the Macmillan Cancer Care website or by downloading the booklet here