Testicular Cancer Treatment: Finding a Urologist After Diagnosis
Being diagnosed with testicular cancer can be difficult, whether one is talking about the financial or practical aspects of a cancer diagnosis or the emotional effects that the disease can bring. You need to be able to find a urologist and a team of medical professionals who can give you a high level of care.
At Providence Saint John’s, we are proud to provide our patients highly personalized testicular cancer treatment and diagnosis services that address their individual needs. We use a multi-disciplinary approach, deploying surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and a world-renowned urologist to the service of our patients. We also have a research team, who studies testicular cancer at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in the hope of one day discovering a way to prevent the disease from developing altogether.
Diagnosis of Testicular Cancer
Testicular cancer is usually first noticed when a patient discovers that he has a lump on one or both of his testicles or if one of his testicles is enlarged. In other cases, the tumors are found by doctors who are doing routine physical examination of patients. The lump may or may not be painful.
To make certain whether the growths are cancerous or benign, you may be referred to a urologist, who can order a testicular ultrasound done or have you take blood tests to determine whether tumor markers in your blood are elevated. Additional imaging tests like CT scans, bone scans, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests can be performed to check if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body.
Preparing for your appointment
- Consider bringing a trusted friend or family member to the doctor with you. In case you forget an important piece of information, that person may help you remember.
- Make a list of all the symptoms you are experiencing, even if you don’t think it has anything to do with testicular cancer.
- Try to remember when you began experiencing the symptoms, how bad they are, or whether they occur all of the time or infrequently.
- Write down all of the medications or nutritional supplements you are currently taking.
- Make a list of all the questions that you want to ask your doctor. If you have been diagnosed with testicular cancer, include questions about the type and stage of testicular cancer that you have, your testicular cancer treatment options, the effectiveness of each treatment option, and whether or not the cancer could affect your fertility in the future.
To schedule an appointment with Providence Saint John’s Health Center, please send us a message using this form on our contact page, or call the numbers provided. Our service area includes the city of Santa Monica and surrounding areas in the Westside, South Bay, and San Fernando Valley in Southern California. We also accept patients from all across the United States.