Testicular cancer surgery
At the Weill Cornell Medicine Meyer Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital, we customize your testicular cancer treatment to your needs. The most common treatment for testicular cancer is surgery to remove the tumor.
- "Radical inguinal orchiectomy" involves removal of the cancerous testicle(s). All testicular tumors are typically treated with this surgery, even those that have spread.
- "Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection" is a surgery that removes the lymph nodes that are located behind the organs in your abdomen. Some patients have this procedure.
After surgery, many patients with stage I testicular cancer just need monitoring, with additional treatment only if cancer returns.
Some patients who have had testicular cancer surgery then receive chemotherapy to kill any remaining cancer cells in the body and reduce the risk of cancer recurrence. Your doctor will tell you if chemotherapy is recommended for you.
Precision radiation therapy
Testicular seminomas are extremely sensitive to radiation. Our radiation oncologists frequently use external beam radiation therapy after surgery to destroy any cancer cells that may have spread to nearby lymph nodes.
Testicular cancer and its treatment can adversely affect male fertility. Many patients who develop testicular cancer are in their mid-20s and are understandably concerned about their ability to have children in the future. Our fertility specialists can work with you to address your concerns and discuss your options for fertility preservation.