Testicular Cancer Treatments

Testicular cancer treatment options

Every patient is different, with different needs. At City of Hope, we design a testicular cancer treatment plan just for you. Our entire team works together to bring you precise, state-of-the-art surgery, radiation and chemotherapy options that will deliver the best outcome possible. We support you every step of the way, both during treatment and long after, helping you and your loved ones manage your recovery.


When possible, our highly-skilled City of Hope surgeons use the latest minimally invasive and robotically assisted techniques. The two main surgical options for treating testicular cancer are:
  • Radical inguinal orchiectomy: This procedure removes one or both of the testicles affected by cancer through the inguinal canal.
  • Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection: If the cancer has spread to the abdominal lymph nodes, this surgery removes them through a large abdominal incision.

Radiation therapy

Radiation therapy uses powerful X-rays, gamma rays or charged particles to destroy cancer cells and shrink tumors. Radiation may be performed after surgery to ensure any remaining cancer cells are destroyed, or it may be used to kill cancer that has spread to other parts of the body.

Drug therapy

Chemotherapy is the use of anti-cancer drugs to kill all rapidly dividing cells, including cancer cells. Not every testicular cancer patient requires chemotherapy, but it can be an important part of an effective treatment regime in many cases.
City of Hope has a wide portfolio of cancer-fighting drugs available, allowing our medical oncologists to plan and prescribe a drug regimen that can best fight testicular cancer while minimizing side effects.