What kind of treatment will I need?
Can testicular cancer go unnoticed?
Testicular cancer can also go undetected in early stages because a painless lump or mass may go unnoticed. A man’s lifetime risk of dying from this cancer is very low, even if it is detected after it has spread to other organs, said Ahmed Eldefrawy, M.D., a urologic oncologist at Miami Cancer Institute.
Can you have Stage 4 cancer and not know it?
When people are diagnosed with cancer, most of them are diagnosed at an early stage. I was a rarity and was diagnosed at stage 4. Every cancer case is different, some people diagnosed at an early stage have obvious symptoms, some of us diagnosed at a late stage have no symptoms or very insignificant symptoms.
Where is the first place testicular cancer spreads?
Therefore, testis cancer has a very predictable pattern of spread. The first place these cancers typically spread is to the lymph nodes around the kidneys, an area called the retroperitoneum.
What are 5 warning signs of testicular cancer?
Five Common Signs of Testicular Cancer
- A painless lump, swelling or enlargement of one or both testes.
- Pain or heaviness in the scrotum.
- A dull ache or pressure in the groin, abdomen or low back.
- A general feeling of malaise, including unexplained fatigue, fever, sweating, coughing, shortness of breath or mild chest pains.
Does testicular cancer show up in blood work?
To help confirm a diagnosis, you may need a series of blood tests to detect certain hormones in your blood, known as markers. Testicular cancer often produces these markers, so it may indicate you have the condition if they’re in your blood. Markers in your blood that’ll be tested for include: alpha feto-protein (AFP)
What does testicular cancer back pain feel like?
Sometimes testicular cancer cells can spread into lymph nodes at the back of the tummy (abdomen). This can cause backache or a dull ache in the lower tummy.
Is there pain with testicular cancer?
Some testicular tumors might cause pain, but most of the time they don’t. Men with testicular cancer can also have a feeling of heaviness or aching in the lower belly (abdomen) or scrotum.
What percentage of testicular lumps are cancerous?
When examining scrotal swellings, the key question is whether the lump is intra- or extra-testicular, as palpable intra-testicular lesions are highly likely (around 90%) to be malignant, whereas those lying outside the testis are usually benign.