I've Just Been Told I Have Testicular Cancer
Few things are scarier than being told you have cancer. You may feel like you're in shock. You may not even want to believe what the doctor has told you. And there are probably so many questions you want to ask but think you can't because you don't know where to start.
It's OK to be overwhelmed. And it's OK to feel afraid. But you shouldn't let those feelings stop you from finding out as much as you can about your cancer and about the options you have. Because the more you know, the less helpless and afraid you will feel. And the more you know, the better you will be able to work with your health care team to make the best choices for your treatment.
To recommend the best treatment for you, your health care team needs to know as much as they can about you and your cancer. The biopsy that showed you have cancer gives your doctor other facts. For instance, it can help your doctor know what type of testicular cancer you have. It's likely you'll need other tests to learn about how far the cancer has progressed, called the stage.
Your health care team will include doctors who specialize in cancer. Doctors who specialize in dealing with testicular cancer include surgeons and medical and radiation oncologists. You may need to work with more than one doctor. You will also have an oncology nurse. This team will answer any questions you may have. They'll also help you through each of the steps you'll take before, during, and after treatment. Your team will let you know what tests are being done and their results. They'll guide you in making treatment decisions. Remember, you can always ask for a second opinion to ensure you feel comfortable with your plan. Treatment for testicular cancer may include surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Your team will discuss recommendations and options for treatment with you in detail.
People with testicular cancer now have more treatment choices than ever before. Over the years, much progress has been made in the treatment of testicular cancer. There is more hope for survival. Doctors keep finding new ways to help men with testicular cancer. There is more being learned about this type of cancer, its prevention, detection, and treatment every day.