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Questions to ask about Testicular Cancer

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Questions to ask about testicular cancer:

  • How can I know if I am at risk of getting testicular cancer?
  • Will I feel any pain if I have it?
  • Can you give me information on testicular self-examination?
  • What are the differences between 'seminomas' and 'teratomas'?
  • Do both types respond well to treatment?
  • What type of testicular cancer do I have?
  • I had an undescended testicle: should I be checked for testicular cancer?
  • My brother had testicular cancer: should I be checked?
  • I injured a testicle playing football - will this increase my risk of testicular cancer?

Questions about diagnosing testicular cancer:

  • What tests are you going to do?
  • Why - what are you looking for?
  • After the tests will you know for sure whether I have cancer and if it has spread?
  • How long will I have to wait before having the tests?
  • Are they painful?
  • How should I prepare?
  • May I go home right after the tests are done?
  • How long do the results take?
  • How will I be told about the results?
  • Can you do a biopsy instead of removing my testicle?
  • Can I have a fake testicle (prosthesis) put in during my operation?
  • What are the blood tests for?
  • What did they show?
  • How often will I need blood tests?

Questions about treating testicular cancer:

  • What stage is my testicular cancer?
  • How likely is it to be cured?
  • Can it still be cured if it comes back after I am treated?
  • Are there any treatment choices?
  • How will you know if the treatment has worked?
  • Am I likely to be able to father children after my treatment?
  • Will the treatment affect my sex life?
  • Should I have sperm banking before my treatment starts?
  • Are there any clinical trials for testicular cancer treatment?
  • How will you know if the cancer comes back?
  • For how long will I need to come back for tests after my treatment has finished?

Questions about living with testicular cancer:

  • Who can I talk to about problems with sex and fertility?
  • Can I get help for dealing with my feelings?
  • Will I need to pay for counseling?
  • Does the hospital offer counseling?
  • What practical help can I get?
  • Is there any help with money?
  • How should I talk about the disease with my family and children?
  • My son is worried he might get testicular cancer. What should I tell him?
  • Is there research for testicular cancer at this hospital?
  • Where is research for testicular cancer happening in the USA?
  • What progress is being made?