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City of Hope is a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of testicular cancers. Our multidisciplinary team of health care professionals take an integrated approach to treating this disease by combining the latest research findings with outstanding patient care. This includes using advanced technologies and specialized techniques such as:
 
  • minimally-invasive, robotically-assisted techniques for complex surgeries that can remove the cancer with less discomfort, reduced risk of complications (such as urinary or sexual side effects) and shorter recovery times
  • highly precise radiation therapy  that can target cancer sites with minimal exposure to surrounding normal tissue, which reduces the likelihood and intensity of side effects
  • targeted drugs and drug combinations that can treat advanced cancer with greater effectiveness and fewer side effects, compared to traditional chemotherapy
  • a world-renowned hematology program that has performed more than 12,000 stem cell transplants to date with superior outcomes, for patients who require high-dose chemotherapy followed by a transplan
 
Additionally, City of Hope patients have access to our extensive team of supportive care experts - including rehabilitation specialists, palliative care physicians and clinical social workers. Working closely with the patient’s primary care team, they can detect and address quality of life issues related to testicular cancer and its treatments. This includes managing symptoms  (such as pain, nausea and fatigue), maintaining or restoring quality of life throughout treatment (including continence, fertility and sexual function) and adjusting to a post-treatment lifestyle.
 
Learn more about testicular cancer types, symptoms, risk factors and diagnostic tests on the National Cancer Institute’s website.
 
 
As one of a handful of institutes to attain the elite designation of Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute,  City of Hope is acknowledged as a leader in research and treatment of testicular cancer. With our decades of experience, specialized therapy protocols and extensive program of clinical trials, newly diagnosed or relapsed patients can find a treatment regimen that is tailored to their needs and gives them the best chance for survival. U.S. News & World Report also named City of Hope as one of the top cancer hospitals in the country.
 
 
If you have been diagnosed with a testicular cancer or are looking for a second opinion consultation  about your treatment, find out more about becoming a patient by calling 800-826-HOPE or filling out the Request a New Patient Appointment Online form.
 

Testicular Cancer Team

City of Hope cancer research hospital's multidisciplinary team includes urologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and surgical oncologists working cooperatively to create the most effective testicular cancer treatment plan and optimize outcomes. Locations in southern California near Los Angeles (Duarte),   South Pasadena,   Antelope Valley (Lancaster and Palmdale), Palm Springs and Santa Clarita.

Our Treatment Approach to Testicular Cancer

City of Hope has one of the most renowned testicular cancer programs in the United States, with a multidisciplinary team of medical experts across different fields including surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology and supportive care medicine. Together, they work collaboratively to plan and implement a treatment regimen that is individually tailored to the patient to improve survival chances, enhance outcomes, minimize side effects and boost quality of life.

Surgery

Orchiectomy, or surgical removal of the cancerous testicle(s), is typically the first treatment for testicular cancer and is often curative for early stage patients. For patients with advanced testicular cancer, more extensive procedures (such as removal of nearby lymph nodes) may be necessary, but surgery can still significantly improve survival odds. In order to preserve fertility and reproductive options, patients can bank their sperm before surgery
.
City of Hope’s surgeons specialize in minimally invasive and robotically-assisted surgical procedures to treat testicular cancers. By using smaller incisions compared to an open procedure, patients experience less pain, recover faster, have shorter hospital stays and are less likely to have post-surgical complications.
 
The expertise of City of Hope’s surgeons also means that they can treat and remove tumors while minimizing likelihood and intensity of side effects. This is done through advanced procedures that can navigate around sensitive tissues (such as blood vessels and nerves that are crucial for urinary and sexual functions,) as well as a specialized plastic surgery team that can perform reconstructive procedures to maintain or restore appearance.
 

Radiation Therapy

Radiation may be to treat any cancer cells that may remain after testicular cancer surgery. It may also be used to improve quality of life by relieving symptoms and stopping bleeds.
 
In addition to standard radiation regimens, City of Hope also offers Helical TomoTherapy, an advance technology combining radiation delivery with advanced imaging. This allows the radiation beams to be “sculpted” to the tumor’s size and shape, resulting in more focused radiation on the cancer site while minimizing exposure to adjacent tissues and organs. This can reduce the likelihood and severity of side effects.
 

Drug Therapy

City of Hope uses a wide range of chemotherapy and targeted therapy drugs to treat advanced or recurrent testicular cancer. In addition to standard drug regimens, patients have access to newly developed drugs (or drug combinations) through our clinical trials program.
 
Cancer fighting drugs can also enhance the effectiveness of surgery and can be administered after the procedure to minimize the chance of recurrence. It may also be given alongside radiation therapy to enhance the cancer-fighting effectiveness of both (chemoradiation.)
 
As part of the treatment team, a medical oncologist will evaluate the patient’s cancer, health and other factors, so that the chemotherapy, if appropriate, can be tailored to the patient throughout the continuum of care.
 

Stem Cell / Bone Marrow Transplant

Patients with advanced or recurrent testicular cancer may need to be treated with high-dose chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplant. In this procedure, the patient’s own blood-forming stem cells are harvested and stored, and then the patient is given a potent dose of cancer fighting drugs. After the treatment, the stored stem cells are re-infused to restore the patient’s bone marrow (which may be damaged or destroyed by the high-dose chemotherapy.)
 
City of Hope is an experienced leader in the use of stem cell transplants to treat cancer, having performed more than 12,000 transplants since the program began in 1976. The program has also been ranked as an “over-performing” transplant center based on survival outcomes data.
 

Active Surveillance

Some testicular cancers may not require immediate treatment. Since aggressive therapy may be disruptive to quality of life (e.g. potential urinary, reproductive or sexual side effects), patients diagnosed with early stage, slow-growing testicular cancer may opt for active surveillance instead. This involves regularly meeting with the care team to monitor for signs of disease progression, such as abnormal hormone levels, and beginning treatment once the cancer starts exhibiting signs of growth or spread.
 
Active surveillance may also be an option for early-stage testicular patients who have undergone surgery but would like to avoid subsequent radiation or chemotherapy.

Become a Patient

If you have been diagnosed with a testicular cancer or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, find out more about becoming a patient by calling 800-826-HOPE or filling out the Request a New Patient Appointment Online form.

Testicular Cancer Research and Clinical Trials

There is extensive collaboration between City of Hope clinicians and researchers to develop and evaluate new cancer therapies designed to improve survival and quality of life outcomes. City of Hope patients have access to a wide variety of clinical trials ranging from new chemotherapy and targeted therapies, novel surgical techniques, new radiation approaches and strategies to minimize side effects and chances of cancer recurrence.
 
If you are interested in participating in a study, please discuss with your primary doctor about open trials and their eligibility criteria.
 
 
If you have been diagnosed with a testicular cancer or are looking for a second opinion consultation  about your treatment, find out more about becoming a patient by calling 800-826-HOPE or filling out the Request a New Patient Appointment Online form.
 

Living with Testicular Cancer

While our primary goal is to cure or control the disease, another top priority is relieving suffering and discomfort for testicular cancer patients during and after their treatment.
 
In addition to curative treatments, City of Hope head and neck patients and their caregivers have access to the broad range of services offered by our Department of Supportive Care Medicine. The department’s staff of professionals, including rehabilitation therapists, supportive medicine physicians, support groups and clinical social workers, can help patients and loved ones with a variety of care and wellness issues including:
 
 
The Department of Supportive Care Medicine is based in City of Hope’s Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center, which integrates all support services in a central location. The Biller Resource Center provides a warm and welcoming space where patients, families and caregivers can access the resources, education and support they need to strengthen and empower themselves, before, during and after treatment.
 
For more information or to contact the Biller Resource Center staff, please call 626-256-4673, ext. 32273 (3CARE).
 
 
This site includes tips, tools and online resources to help cancer patients and their families with issues that arise during cancer treatment.
 
Additional Resources
 
 
 
If you have been diagnosed with a testicular cancer or are looking for a second opinion consultation  about your treatment, find out more about becoming a patient by calling 800-826-HOPE or filling out the Request a New Patient Appointment Online form.
 

Support this program

It takes the help of a lot of caring people to make hope a reality for our patients. City of Hope was founded by individuals' philanthropic efforts 100 years ago. Their efforts − and those of our supporters today − have built the foundation for the care we provide and the research we conduct. It enables us to strive for new breakthroughs and better therapies − helping more people enjoy longer, better lives.

For more information on supporting this specific program, please contact us below.

Rick Leonard
Associate Vice President
Direct: 626-218-7218
Email: rleonard@coh.org

 
 

Testicular Cancer

Testicular Cancer

City of Hope is a leader in the diagnosis and treatment of testicular cancers. Our multidisciplinary team of health care professionals take an integrated approach to treating this disease by combining the latest research findings with outstanding patient care. This includes using advanced technologies and specialized techniques such as:
 
  • minimally-invasive, robotically-assisted techniques for complex surgeries that can remove the cancer with less discomfort, reduced risk of complications (such as urinary or sexual side effects) and shorter recovery times
  • highly precise radiation therapy  that can target cancer sites with minimal exposure to surrounding normal tissue, which reduces the likelihood and intensity of side effects
  • targeted drugs and drug combinations that can treat advanced cancer with greater effectiveness and fewer side effects, compared to traditional chemotherapy
  • a world-renowned hematology program that has performed more than 12,000 stem cell transplants to date with superior outcomes, for patients who require high-dose chemotherapy followed by a transplan
 
Additionally, City of Hope patients have access to our extensive team of supportive care experts - including rehabilitation specialists, palliative care physicians and clinical social workers. Working closely with the patient’s primary care team, they can detect and address quality of life issues related to testicular cancer and its treatments. This includes managing symptoms  (such as pain, nausea and fatigue), maintaining or restoring quality of life throughout treatment (including continence, fertility and sexual function) and adjusting to a post-treatment lifestyle.
 
Learn more about testicular cancer types, symptoms, risk factors and diagnostic tests on the National Cancer Institute’s website.
 
 
As one of a handful of institutes to attain the elite designation of Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute,  City of Hope is acknowledged as a leader in research and treatment of testicular cancer. With our decades of experience, specialized therapy protocols and extensive program of clinical trials, newly diagnosed or relapsed patients can find a treatment regimen that is tailored to their needs and gives them the best chance for survival. U.S. News & World Report also named City of Hope as one of the top cancer hospitals in the country.
 
 
If you have been diagnosed with a testicular cancer or are looking for a second opinion consultation  about your treatment, find out more about becoming a patient by calling 800-826-HOPE or filling out the Request a New Patient Appointment Online form.
 

Testicular Cancer Team

Testicular Cancer Team

City of Hope cancer research hospital's multidisciplinary team includes urologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and surgical oncologists working cooperatively to create the most effective testicular cancer treatment plan and optimize outcomes. Locations in southern California near Los Angeles (Duarte),   South Pasadena,   Antelope Valley (Lancaster and Palmdale), Palm Springs and Santa Clarita.

Testicular Cancer Treatment Approaches

Our Treatment Approach to Testicular Cancer

City of Hope has one of the most renowned testicular cancer programs in the United States, with a multidisciplinary team of medical experts across different fields including surgery, radiation oncology, medical oncology and supportive care medicine. Together, they work collaboratively to plan and implement a treatment regimen that is individually tailored to the patient to improve survival chances, enhance outcomes, minimize side effects and boost quality of life.

Surgery

Orchiectomy, or surgical removal of the cancerous testicle(s), is typically the first treatment for testicular cancer and is often curative for early stage patients. For patients with advanced testicular cancer, more extensive procedures (such as removal of nearby lymph nodes) may be necessary, but surgery can still significantly improve survival odds. In order to preserve fertility and reproductive options, patients can bank their sperm before surgery
.
City of Hope’s surgeons specialize in minimally invasive and robotically-assisted surgical procedures to treat testicular cancers. By using smaller incisions compared to an open procedure, patients experience less pain, recover faster, have shorter hospital stays and are less likely to have post-surgical complications.
 
The expertise of City of Hope’s surgeons also means that they can treat and remove tumors while minimizing likelihood and intensity of side effects. This is done through advanced procedures that can navigate around sensitive tissues (such as blood vessels and nerves that are crucial for urinary and sexual functions,) as well as a specialized plastic surgery team that can perform reconstructive procedures to maintain or restore appearance.
 

Radiation Therapy

Radiation may be to treat any cancer cells that may remain after testicular cancer surgery. It may also be used to improve quality of life by relieving symptoms and stopping bleeds.
 
In addition to standard radiation regimens, City of Hope also offers Helical TomoTherapy, an advance technology combining radiation delivery with advanced imaging. This allows the radiation beams to be “sculpted” to the tumor’s size and shape, resulting in more focused radiation on the cancer site while minimizing exposure to adjacent tissues and organs. This can reduce the likelihood and severity of side effects.
 

Drug Therapy

City of Hope uses a wide range of chemotherapy and targeted therapy drugs to treat advanced or recurrent testicular cancer. In addition to standard drug regimens, patients have access to newly developed drugs (or drug combinations) through our clinical trials program.
 
Cancer fighting drugs can also enhance the effectiveness of surgery and can be administered after the procedure to minimize the chance of recurrence. It may also be given alongside radiation therapy to enhance the cancer-fighting effectiveness of both (chemoradiation.)
 
As part of the treatment team, a medical oncologist will evaluate the patient’s cancer, health and other factors, so that the chemotherapy, if appropriate, can be tailored to the patient throughout the continuum of care.
 

Stem Cell / Bone Marrow Transplant

Patients with advanced or recurrent testicular cancer may need to be treated with high-dose chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplant. In this procedure, the patient’s own blood-forming stem cells are harvested and stored, and then the patient is given a potent dose of cancer fighting drugs. After the treatment, the stored stem cells are re-infused to restore the patient’s bone marrow (which may be damaged or destroyed by the high-dose chemotherapy.)
 
City of Hope is an experienced leader in the use of stem cell transplants to treat cancer, having performed more than 12,000 transplants since the program began in 1976. The program has also been ranked as an “over-performing” transplant center based on survival outcomes data.
 

Active Surveillance

Some testicular cancers may not require immediate treatment. Since aggressive therapy may be disruptive to quality of life (e.g. potential urinary, reproductive or sexual side effects), patients diagnosed with early stage, slow-growing testicular cancer may opt for active surveillance instead. This involves regularly meeting with the care team to monitor for signs of disease progression, such as abnormal hormone levels, and beginning treatment once the cancer starts exhibiting signs of growth or spread.
 
Active surveillance may also be an option for early-stage testicular patients who have undergone surgery but would like to avoid subsequent radiation or chemotherapy.

Become a Patient

If you have been diagnosed with a testicular cancer or are looking for a second opinion consultation about your treatment, find out more about becoming a patient by calling 800-826-HOPE or filling out the Request a New Patient Appointment Online form.

Testicular Cancer Research and Clinical Trials

Testicular Cancer Research and Clinical Trials

There is extensive collaboration between City of Hope clinicians and researchers to develop and evaluate new cancer therapies designed to improve survival and quality of life outcomes. City of Hope patients have access to a wide variety of clinical trials ranging from new chemotherapy and targeted therapies, novel surgical techniques, new radiation approaches and strategies to minimize side effects and chances of cancer recurrence.
 
If you are interested in participating in a study, please discuss with your primary doctor about open trials and their eligibility criteria.
 
 
If you have been diagnosed with a testicular cancer or are looking for a second opinion consultation  about your treatment, find out more about becoming a patient by calling 800-826-HOPE or filling out the Request a New Patient Appointment Online form.
 

Living with Testicular Cancer

Living with Testicular Cancer

While our primary goal is to cure or control the disease, another top priority is relieving suffering and discomfort for testicular cancer patients during and after their treatment.
 
In addition to curative treatments, City of Hope head and neck patients and their caregivers have access to the broad range of services offered by our Department of Supportive Care Medicine. The department’s staff of professionals, including rehabilitation therapists, supportive medicine physicians, support groups and clinical social workers, can help patients and loved ones with a variety of care and wellness issues including:
 
 
The Department of Supportive Care Medicine is based in City of Hope’s Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center, which integrates all support services in a central location. The Biller Resource Center provides a warm and welcoming space where patients, families and caregivers can access the resources, education and support they need to strengthen and empower themselves, before, during and after treatment.
 
For more information or to contact the Biller Resource Center staff, please call 626-256-4673, ext. 32273 (3CARE).
 
 
This site includes tips, tools and online resources to help cancer patients and their families with issues that arise during cancer treatment.
 
Additional Resources
 
 
 
If you have been diagnosed with a testicular cancer or are looking for a second opinion consultation  about your treatment, find out more about becoming a patient by calling 800-826-HOPE or filling out the Request a New Patient Appointment Online form.
 

Support This Program

Support this program

It takes the help of a lot of caring people to make hope a reality for our patients. City of Hope was founded by individuals' philanthropic efforts 100 years ago. Their efforts − and those of our supporters today − have built the foundation for the care we provide and the research we conduct. It enables us to strive for new breakthroughs and better therapies − helping more people enjoy longer, better lives.

For more information on supporting this specific program, please contact us below.

Rick Leonard
Associate Vice President
Direct: 626-218-7218
Email: rleonard@coh.org

 
 
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