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  • Staging and prognosis of testicular cancer

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    Staging

    The removal of the testicle and the results of other tests will help to determine whether the cancer has spread (the stage). There are several staging systems for testicular cancer. A simplified description is provided in the table below.

    Stage 1        Cancer is found only in the testicle.
    Stage 2 or higher           

    Cancer has spread outside the testicle to the lymph nodes in the abdomen or pelvis, or to other areas of the body.

    Prognosis

    Prognosis means the expected outcome of a disease. You may wish to discuss your prognosis with your doctor but it is not possible for anyone to predict the exact course of the disease. Instead your doctor can give you an idea about common issues that affect men with testicular cancer.

    Test results, the type of testicular cancer you have, the stage of the cancer and other factors such as your age, fitness and medical history are all important in assessing your prognosis.

    Testicular cancer is the most curable solid organ tumour. Regular follow-up and review is a major factor in the high cure rates of testicular cancer so it's important to attend all your follow-up appointments.

    This website page was last reviewed and updated January 2017.

    Information last reviewed September 2016 by: A/Prof Declan Murphy, Urologist, Director of Genitourinary Oncology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, VIC; Gregory Bock, Urology Cancer Nurse Coordinator, WA Cancer & Palliative Care Network, WA; A/Prof Martin Borg, Radiation Oncologist, Adelaide Radiotherapy Centre, SA; A/Prof Joseph McKendrick, Medical Oncologist, Eastern Oncology, Eastern Health and Monash University, VIC; Caitriona Nienaber, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council Western Australia, WA; Ben Peacock, Consumer; and Deb Roffe, Cancer Council Nurse, Cancer Council SA

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