Non localised testicular cancer
Testicular cancer may spread to the lymph nodes in the abdomen and to other areas of the body such as the lungs. Other organs,which can be affected, include the liver and brain.If there is evidence of testicular cancer which has spread to these or other areas then a course of chemotherapy treatment will be recommended.
Testicular cancer that has spread to the lungs liver or brain is still testicular cancer and not a separate cancer.
Recent research has shown that 98% of men diagnosed with testicular cancer at any stage will be alive 10 years after treatment.
- The effects of chemotherapy may take some time to subside after treatment. This can take a few months to a year or more. Men may feel tired or exhausted and should take this into account when considering going back to work or if they are used to a busy lifestyle.
- It may take family and friends time to adjust to long term changes in a man’s health so men should not be surprised if they are acting a bit strange or distant.
- Although there is no definite evidence that radiotherapy or chemotherapy can affect children that are fathered after treatment it is usually advisable to use contraception (condom) for 6-12 months afterwards.
For a video clip discussing diagnosis following orchidectomy please click below.
To read personal stories of men who have been affected and treated for testicular cancer please click here
To download a copy of our Testicular Cancer Booklet please click here
Last reviewed November 2019. Next review November 2020.
References available on request.