Like all cancers that are treated and potentially cured there is always a risk that testicular cancer may return. Most testicular cancer tends to reoccur within 2-years after initial treatment.
After initial treatment for testicular cancer men are monitored very closely for up to 10 years. During the first few years this will include regular blood tests such as tumour markers, CT scans and clinic visits. Any possible recurrence of the cancer will be identified usually very quickly and further treatment will be initiated. If testicular cancer has recurred in the healthy testicle then this will mean that a further orchidectomy or very rarely a partial orchidectomy will be performed. If testicular cancer has recurred in areas of the body such as lymph nodes then further chemotherapy will be needed to treat it.
To learn more about recurrent testicular cancer please click the video link below.
Sometimes it may be suggested that a higher dose of chemotherapy than previously be used. To protect the body from the possibility of side effects a treatment called High Dose Chemotherapy with Stem Cell Support may be recommended.
To learn more about this treatment please click the video link below.
Men should always remember that even if testicular cancer has reoccurred there is every chance of cure with further treatment.
Some men may be offered the chance to take part in a clinical trial which may be using a new combination of chemotherapy.
For more information on Clinical Trials please click here and see the video below.
To read personal stories of men who have been affected and treated for testicular cancer please click here
Last reviewed 26/1/17 Next review July 2017
References available on request.