Testicular cancer care in San Antonio, Texas
At Methodist Healthcare, our team of oncologists and other medical experts treat a variety of different cancers, including testicular cancer.
For more information about our testicular cancer care services, please call askSARAH at (210) 507-0941.
What is testicular cancer?
While it is not clear what causes testicular cancer in most cases, doctors know that it occurs when healthy cells in a testicle become altered. Sometimes, certain cells develop abnormally and continue dividing when new cells aren't needed. The accumulating cells eventually form a mass in the testicle.
Almost all testicular cancers begin in the germ cells—the cells in the testicles that produce immature sperm.
While testicular cancer is rare compared to other forms of cancer, it is the most common type of cancer found in men between 15 and 35 years old.
Types of testicular cancer
The two main types of testicular cancer are:
- Seminoma: Occurs in all ages and tends to be non-aggressive
- Nonseminoma: Occurs early in life and often spreads rapidly throughout the body
Testicular cancer symptoms
You should make an appointment with your urologist if you exhibit any of the following symptoms:
- A lump or swelling in either testicle
- A heavy sensation in the scrotum
- Unexplained pain or discomfort in the groin
- A sudden collection of fluid in the scrotum
- Enlargement or tenderness of the breasts
- Back pain
Testicular cancer screening and diagnosis
It is recommended that men perform proper self-examinations to detect any signs of testicular cancer. If a testicular abnormality is discovered, a doctor may perform an ultrasound or blood test to detect the presence of cancer.
Testicular cancer treatment
Based on the type of testicular cancer, surgery may be necessary to remove the testicle. Testicular cancer is highly treatable, even when the cancer has spread beyond the testicle. Your cancer care treatment options depend on the type and stage of cancer.
About Sarah Cannon Cancer Institute
Methodist Healthcare is part of Sarah Cannon, the Cancer Institute of HCA Healthcare. Our family of hospitals provides comprehensive cancer services with convenient access to cutting-edge therapies for people facing cancer in our communities. From diagnosis, to treatment and survivorship care, our oncology expertise ensures you have access to locally-trusted care with the support of a globally-recognized network.
Have cancer questions? We can help. askSARAH is a dedicated helpline for your cancer-related questions. Our specially-trained nurses are available 24/7 and all calls are confidential. Contact askSARAH at (210) 507-0941 or chat online at askSARAHnow.com.