Your Care at Winship

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University offers advanced treatments for testicular cancer patients in Georgia and the Southeast.

When detected at an early stage, testicular cancer is very treatable with a cure rate close to 99-percent. Your Winship care team draws on Emory’s vast resources in surgical oncology, radiation therapy and medical oncology to provide the newest, most effective practices and treatments for testicular cancer.

Our multidisciplinary care teams include oncology surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, pharmacists and advanced practice nurses with expertise in testicular cancer. As specialists, our teams develop groundbreaking surgeries and treatments that produce better outcomes and are adopted by other leading cancer centers.

The benefits of our multidisciplinary and highly-experienced teams include:

  • Access to doctors and surgeons who rank among the top cancer experts in the world.
  • Weekly review of patient cases by the full team of experts.
  • Coordinated scheduling for appointments among various specialties.
  • Access to a nurse navigator to assist you throughout the treatment process.
  • Access to support programs and groups for you and your caregivers.
  • Availability of new treatment options within our clinical trials program.

Diagnosing Your Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is responsible for one to two percent of all cancers in men.

In most cases, testicular cancer affects only one of the testicles, or testes, a pair of male sex glands that produce sperm and male hormones. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 34; however, the disease is highly treatable when detected early.

The testicles are located under the penis in a loose pouch of skin known as the scrotum. Testicular cancer may cause one or more of the following symptoms:

  • A lump, swelling or ache in either testicle
  • A feeling of heaviness in the scrotum or belly
  • A dull ache in the abdomen or groin
  • A sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum
  • Pain or discomfort in a testicle or the scrotum
  • Enlargement or tenderness of the breasts
  • Unexplained fatigue or a general feeling of not being well

Winship physicians are experts in detecting and diagnosing testicular cancer. They will start with a physical examination and patient history. A scrotal ultrasound may be used to determine whether the mass is inside or outside the testicle. Additional tests such as CT scan and serum protein tumor marker are often used for further diagnosis and staging.

Based on these tests, a physician will determine the testicular cancer's stage:

  • Stage I, the cancer is confined to the testicle
  • Stage II, the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes in the abdomen
  • Stage III, the cancer has spread beyond the lymph nodes to other parts of the body

Testicular cancer treatment options include radical inguinal orchiectomy, external beam radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and rarely, bone marrow transplant. Learn more about testicular cancer treatment options.

In addition to delivering the highest quality medical care, we recognize the importance of the psychological and emotional aspects of living with a cancer diagnosis and of dealing with treatment. Our supportive oncology team addresses these issues in a timely manner with additional support from counselors, nurse navigators, dietitians and social service professionals.