|Success Rates Of Chemotherapy For Testicular Cancer
Even though testicular cancer can develop from any cell type found in the testicles, nearly 95 percent cases are germ cell tumors. Seminoma and nonseminoma both are germ cell type testicular cancer.
The symptoms of testicular cancer include a lump or hardening in one of the testicles. The testicle without cancer normally feels smooth.
A later stage testicular cancer may have symptoms such as dull pain in the lower back and the abdomen, feeling of heaviness in the scrotum, collection of fluid in the scrotum, pain or discomfort in the testicle or scrotum, swelling or tenderness of the breasts, fatigue and weakness. The person with any of these symptoms should seek medical opinion and undergo tests as advised.
Stage I is known to have success rate excess of 95 percent if detected early. Hence, it is recommended that men carry out physical examination at regular intervals once a month to rule out the possibility of testicular cancer or if any of the above listed abnormalities are observed, then seek immediate medical help.
Treatment depends on the results of staging. This is a method to classify the tumors on the basis of spread and how far they spread in the body. If there is delay in detection this type of cancer is known to spread to lungs and to the brain also in addition to the nearby abdominal area. .
Testicular cancer has the highest rate of cure. Use of chemotherapy as an alternative to radiation therapy is increasing as radiotherapy is found to have long term side effects. The treatment success depends on the stage at which the treatment is started. Stage I cancers have 100 percent survival rate and stage I cases have a survival rate of 95 percent after 5 years.
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