Specialists in Duke’s nationally ranked urology and cancer programs use the latest medical and surgical techniques to treat testicular cancer and preserve as much normal function as possible. We are experts at nerve-sparing surgery, a procedure that can stop cancer from spreading while retaining your ability to have children.
Comprehensive Care for Testicular Cancer
If you are concerned about testicular cancer, the first thing you should know is that it’s highly treatable and very curable. Since it often occurs in young men, preserving your ability to father children is an important concern. Our experienced medical team ensures you receive the best care that results in effectively treating your cancer and preserving your reproductive abilities.
We treat many men with testicular cancer, ranging from basic, early-stage tumors to complex and advanced cases. Our testicular cancer care combines the knowledge and expertise of our urology and cancer programs. We use advanced imaging to determine the type of testicular cancer you have and recommend the best course of treatment.
If your cancer has spread, chemotherapy is usually required. If residual tumors remain after chemotherapy, our skilled surgical oncologists precisely remove lymph nodes using a surgical procedure that spares the nerves that control ejaculation. We are also expertly equipped to perform a stem cell transplant if needed for advanced testicular cancer that does not respond to conventional chemotherapy. We do everything possible to ensure you achieve the best possible outcome and return you to normal, healthy living as soon as possible.
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Blood tests are used to identify substances, also referred to as tumor markers, that are normally found in your blood that may indicate cancer if found in abnormally high levels. Key tumor markers in testicular cancer include lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), and α-fetoprotein (AFP).
Cross-sectional imaging produces detailed pictures that can indicate whether cancer has spread to other sites in your body.
A radioactive sugar molecule is injected into your body to highlight organs and tissues that might contain cancer.
Where you receive your cancer care is important. Duke University Hospital is proud of our team and the exceptional care they provide. They are why our cancer program is nationally ranked, and the highest ranked program in North Carolina, according to U.S. News & World Report for 2020–2021.
Why Choose Duke
Duke is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Testicular Cancer Thought Leaders
We are part of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers dedicated to improving cancer care. We have representation on an NCCN panel responsible for developing the best evidenced-based methods for managing testicular cancer.
We know testicular cancer can alarm young men who want to father children. If your cancer must be surgically removed and your type and stage of cancer permit, we offer nerve-sparing surgery, which helps maintain normal ejaculation.
An Expert Team Dedicated to Your Care
Your testicular cancer care team includes specialists in testicular and urologic cancer, including urologic oncologists, surgeons, medical oncologists, and radiation oncologists. Our experts meet routinely to discuss our patients' care. This ensures you receive the most effective treatments.
Highly Trained Specialists
Our urologic oncologists are fellowship trained, meaning they studied an additional two to three years to become experts in urologic oncology. Our medical oncologists are fellowship trained in genitourinary cancer, which includes testicular cancer.
Duke Cancer Center features spacious waiting areas, a Quiet Room, large infusion rooms, and a rooftop garden area where patients -- depending on their treatment regimen -- can receive chemotherapy outdoors.
Support for You and Your Loved Ones
Our comprehensive support services range from helping patients minimize the side effects of treatment to coping with the emotional and psychological effects of diagnosis and treatment. View all of our cancer support groups in our event calendar.