While rare, testicular cancer affects more than 9,000 men every year. At his practice in Brownsville, Texas, board-certified urologist Jose Maymi, MD, offers expert diagnosis and treatment for testicular cancer including surgical management. If you’re concerned about testicular cancer or have a family history of the disease, call Dr. Maymi or schedule an appointment online today.
Your testicles are two small glands that produce and house sperm as well as testosterone, which contributes to traditionally male traits. Testicular cancer occurs when abnormal cells in your testicles multiply rapidly, resulting in a tumor. Most testicular cancer begins in the germ cells, which produce immature sperm.
Some of the common signs of testicular cancer include:
Many men are reluctant to talk about these symptoms with their doctor, but it’s imperative that you make an appointment with Dr. Maymi if you notice any of these symptoms. Testicular cancer is often easily treatable when it’s diagnosed in its early stages. The treatment gets more challenging as the tumor grows and increases its potential to spread to other parts of your body.
Dr. Maymi uses a variety of tests to diagnose testicular cancer. He begins with a physical exam. He feels your testicles for signs of enlargement or abnormal growths.
Dr. Maymi may also order blood tests, ultrasounds, and biopsies to gather more details about your condition and to confirm your diagnosis.
If Dr. Maymi diagnoses you with testicular cancer, he offers expert surgical management of your condition. He may either perform surgery to remove either the tumor or your testicle.
Dr. Maymi may also recommend chemotherapy or radiation to shrink your tumor or make sure that no cancer cells remain in your testicles.
In most cases, even if Dr. Maymi needs to remove a testicle to get rid of your cancer, you should retain your sexual potency and fertility. You may experience a temporary reduction in sperm production, but your ability to achieve and maintain an erection and perform sexually should return after your treatment.
If you find a lump on one of your testicles or are concerned about testicular cancer, call Dr. Maymi or schedule a consultation online today.