Isn’t Testicular Cancer a bit Sensitive?
Compared with other types of cancer, testicular cancer is rare. But testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American males between ages 15 and 35.
From Mayo Clinic: Testicular Cancer
Testicular cancer is highly treatable, even when the cancer has spread beyond the testicle.
What causes Testicular Cancer?
It is not clear what causes testicular cancer in most cases. Doctors know that testicular cancer occurs when healthy cells in a testicle become altered. Healthy cells grow and divide in an orderly way to keep your body functioning normally.
Some cells develop abnormalities, causing this growth to get out of control — these cancer cells continue dividing even when new cells aren’t needed. The accumulating cells form a mass.
Nearly all testicular cancers begin in the germ cells — the cells in the testicles that produce immature sperm. What causes germ cells to become abnormal and develop into cancer isn’t known.
The testes form in the abdominal area during fetal development and usually descend into the scrotum before birth. Men who have a testicle that never descended are at greater risk of testicular cancer in either testicle than are men whose testicles descended normally. The risk remains elevated even if the testicle has been surgically relocated to the scrotum.
Conditions that cause testicles to develop abnormally, such as Klinefelter’s syndrome, may increase your risk of testicular cancer.
If family members have had it, you may have an increased risk.
Medical Animation: Testicular Cancer:
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The options for treating your testicular cancer depend on several factors, including the type and stage of cancer, your overall health, and your own preferences.
Operations used to treat testicular cancer include:
- Surgery to remove your testicle (radical inguinal orchiectomy) is the primary treatment for nearly all stages and types of testicular cancer. To remove your testicle, your surgeon makes an incision in your groin and extracts the entire testicle through the opening. A prosthetic, saline-filled testicle can be inserted if you choose.
- Surgery to remove nearby lymph nodes (retroperitoneal lymph node dissection) is performed through an incision in your abdomen. Your surgeon takes care to avoid damaging nerves surrounding the lymph nodes, but in some cases harm to the nerves may be unavoidable. Damaged nerves can cause difficulty with ejaculation, but won’t prevent you from having an erection.
In cases of early-stage testicular cancer, surgery may be the only treatment needed.
If surgery is your only treatment for testicular cancer, your doctor will recommend a schedule of follow-up appointments. At these appointments — typically every few months for the first few years and then less frequently after that — you’ll undergo blood tests, CT scans and other procedures to check for signs that your cancer has returned.
Radiation therapy uses high-powered energy beams, such as X-rays, to kill cancer cells. During radiation therapy, you’re positioned on a table and a large machine moves around you, aiming the energy beams at precise points on your body.
Radiation therapy is a treatment option that’s sometimes used in people who have the seminoma type of testicular cancer. Radiation therapy may be recommended after surgery to remove your testicle.
Chemotherapy may be your only treatment, or it may be recommended before or after lymph node removal surgery.
Testicular cancer Stages Include:
Many cancer patients experience gastrointestinal symptoms. The Nutrition Therapy team helps restore digestive health, prevent malnutrition and provide dietary recommendations during treatment. Our goal is to help you stay strong and nourished, so you can continue with your cancer treatment.
Treatment for testicular cancer can cause side effects, including weight loss, fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, low blood counts and increased risk of infection. These side effects can inhibit your ability to stay nourished and interfere with your treatment.
You can’t change the fact that you have had cancer. What you can change is how you live the rest of your life – making choices to stay healthy and feel as well as you can. This can be a time to look at your life in new ways. Maybe you are thinking about how to improve your health over the long term. Some people even start during cancer treatment.
Eating right can be difficult, but it can get tougher during and after cancer treatment. Treatment may change your sense of taste. Nausea can be a problem. You may not feel like eating and lose weight when you don’t want to. Or you may have gained weight that you can’t seem to lose. All of these can be very frustrating.
For most every chronic disease, eating well and keeping your immune system in top condition should be #1 priority. Prevention is certainly preferred over the experience and treatments of most diseases, including all types of cancers. My brush with testicular cancer occurred while in the Tarrant County Hospital; Fort Worth, Texas in November, 2005. I had a small fracture on the top of my left femur, awaiting surgery and my roommate, a hispanic man was in with testicular cancer. His Dr. did surgery, scraping away what cancer she could. But then they changed the dressing twice each day. Oh the expletives and screaming I heard!! No, not for me! Luckily I am well past the age it usually strikes. Still, my family has been taken by various cancers for decades. My suggestion here is to learn about Whole Food, Plant-Based Nutrition and eat as closely as you are able to this lifestyle.