Testicular Cancer Specialist
Urology Of Greater Atlanta
Testicular cancer is relatively rare, affecting around 9,600 American men each year. If you notice any lumps or changes in your testicles, call Urology of Greater Atlanta or book an appointment online for diagnosis. The team of highly-experienced urologists provides state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment for testicular cancer. Don’t delay making an appointment if you have any concerns about cancer.
What is testicular cancer?
Testicular cancer develops when abnormal cells in your testicles multiply rapidly. Eventually, the cells form as a mass or tumor attached to the testicle. You might notice a lump or swelling in one of your testicles, or your doctor might detect it during a routine health checkup.
You should also conduct self-examinations monthly to monitor any changes in the testicles themselves. Any lumps or growths should be inspected immediately. When diagnosed early, testicular cancer has a high success rate for treatment.
What are the symptoms of testicular cancer?
Testicular cancer usually develops in one testicle, detectable as a lump or an enlargement. You can feel the growth by gently rubbing each testicle individually between your thumb and fingers. Other signs of testicular cancer include:
- Heavy feeling in your scrotum
- Fluid retention in your scrotum
- Pain in your testicle or scrotum
- Tenderness or swelling in your breasts
You might also have pain in your abdomen, groin, or lower back.
What are the risk factors for testicular cancer?
Your family medical history is a significant risk factor for testicular cancer. Additionally, if you have an undescended testicle or abnormal testicle development, your chances of developing testicular cancer may be higher. Testicular cancer is more common in younger men, usually developing between the ages of 15-35.
How is testicular cancer diagnosed?
If you notice a lump or another abnormality in your testicles, make an appointment at Urology of Greater Atlanta immediately. Your urologist reviews your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history before examining your testicles.
In most cases, the urologists order blood tests and imaging studies such as ultrasounds to confirm your diagnosis. Your urologist might also recommend a radical inguinal orchiectomy to remove the testicle and test the tumor for cancerous cells.
What treatments are available for testicular cancer?
Treatment almost always includes removing the testicle with an orchiectomy procedure. The team at Urology of Greater Atlanta offers implant options to maintain the look and feel of your scrotum after treatment. You usually need 2-4 weeks to recover from surgery.
Depending on the stage of the cancer and the time of diagnosis, your doctor might recommend radiation and chemotherapy to ensure all cancer cells are destroyed. The success rate for testicular cancer treatment is high, and most patients make a full recovery.
If you notice any abnormalities in your testicles or experience pain in your groin, make an appointment for a consultation with Urology of Greater Atlanta immediately to discuss your options.
Our urologist team operates out of several offices and a surgical center to serve the needs of all Northern Georgia residents.