Treating Testicular Cancer
At Scott & White, You’re Treated as a Person, Not a Diagnosis
- Our Tumor Board Sets Us Apart
As a testicular cancer patient at Scott & White, in addition to having a highly experienced Integrated Care Team, you’ll also benefit from the expertise of the Scott & White Tumor Board.
Led by senior staff, our multidisciplinary board consists of GU cancer experts who discuss available approaches to care and formulate patient-specific treatment plans. This treatment planning helps ensure you receive the highest quality, individualized care.
Your prospects for a full recovery from testicular cancer are excellent. Great advancements have been made in surgical and radiation techniques, as well as in drug therapies, in treating testicular cancer.
At Scott & White, our urologic oncologists are specialists in the field of testicular tumors, specially trained in the most current therapies available. They have the experience and skill necessary to clinically manage all stages of cancer of the testes.
As a Scott & White patient, you’ll also benefit from having a multidisciplinary team — your Integrated Care Team — working together to provide you with the best care possible at all stages of your cancer treatment.
In addition to the collegiality among the team of physicians and ancillary staff here, the physicians working in the same space physically — communicating easily with each other — combined with the electronic medical record, where the physicians can communicate electronically together, make it easier to provide good quality health care because everything’s in one place.
The members of your Integrated Care Team bring together the collective skill and expertise from all the specialties and subspecialties involved in your care, which can include:
- Radiation oncology
- Medical oncology
- Interventional radiology
- Oncology social work
- And any other specialties necessary to your care
Integrated Care Team members receive training in the most up-to-date surgical, radiation and medical therapies. And because Scott & White is a research institute and a teaching hospital, our oncologists can offer you the most advanced treatments available. We lead the way in developing new therapies.
Collaborative Care and Expertise Help Ensure the Best Outcome for You
Sophisticated cancer care takes teamwork. That’s why Scott & White promotes a collaborative environment.
We assess all patients with a surgical opinion, a medical oncology opinion and a radiation oncology opinion. We’ll present you with the best treatment options for your stage of cancer so you can decide what’s right for you.
Your Integrated Care Team will met to discuss your specific needs and determine the best treatment options for you to consider. Then your lead physician will talk with you and, if you’d like, your family, about the team’s recommendations.
Together, you and your lead physician will decide which treatment choice is best for you.
Throughout your treatment, your physicians will continue to meet regularly to discuss your care. This ongoing, close collaboration helps ensure the best outcome for you.
Following active treatment, your Integrated Care Team will work with you to create the most appropriate follow-up care plan.
Your Treatment Options
At Scott & White, we explore every treatment option, considering surgical and nonsurgical alternatives. In many cases, your cancer treatment will include a combination of approaches. Treatment options for testicular cancer include:
Factors That Impact Your Treatment
Your treatment options for testicular cancer generally depend on these factors:
- Type, stage and location of your testicular cancer
- Number and size of retroperitoneal (tissues lining your abdominal wall) lymph nodes
- Whether your cancer has spread
- Your age and general health
- Your surgical history
- Your personal preference
Certain treatments for testicular cancer may cause permanent infertility. Your physician will review these risks with you. If you wish to have children, your physician will discuss options for fertility and family planning.
When I see patients, they do tend to have a lot of questions — a lot of unanswered questions at that point — and so the first appointment tends to be a fairly extensive appointment, at which time we talk about the disease, the disease process, what to expect, and what we can do to help them.