When detected at an early stage, testicular cancer is very treatable with a cure rate close to 99-percent. Your Winship care team draws on Emory’s vast resources in surgical oncology, radiation therapy and medical oncology to provide the newest, most effective practices and treatments for testicular cancer.
Our multidisciplinary care teams include oncology surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, pharmacists and advanced practice nurses with expertise in testicular cancer. As specialists, our teams develop groundbreaking surgeries and treatments that produce better outcomes and are adopted by other leading cancer centers.
The benefits of our multidisciplinary and highly experienced teams include:
- Access to doctors and surgeons who rank among the top cancer experts in the world.
- Weekly review of patient cases by the full team of experts.
- Coordinated scheduling for appointments among various specialties.
- Access to a nurse navigator to assist you throughout the treatment process.
- Access to support programs and groups for you and your caregivers.
- Availability of new treatment options within our clinical trials program.
Winship physicians are experts in detecting and diagnosing testicular cancer. They will start with a physical examination and patient history. A scrotal ultrasound may be used to determine whether the mass is inside or outside the testicle. Additional tests such as CT scan and serum protein tumor marker are often used for further diagnosis and staging.
Once the testicle is removed, a pathologist will determine whether it is either a seminoma or nonseminoma. Seminomas are thought to develop from cells that produce sperm and nonseminomas are thought to develop from any of the other cells of the testicle. Nonseminomas and seminomas are treated differently, but treatment will include one or more of the following:
Chemotherapy: This therapy uses drugs to kill testicular cancer cells. This type of treatment may be used on testicular cancer of any stage.
Lymph node removal: This type of testicular cancer treatment involves removing local lymph nodes and may be used to treat testicular cancer of any stage. Here at Winship, our doctors have pioneered a groin dissection technique for the removal of lymph nodes that improves recovery and lowers the risk of infection.
Radiation Therapy: This uses high-energy waves to kill cancer cells. This type of treatment may be used to treat a seminoma of any stage, but is generally not used for nonseminomas.
Observation: This is usually only an option in compliant patients with stage I testicular cancers.
In addition to delivering the highest quality medical care, we recognize the importance of the psychological and emotional aspects of living with a cancer diagnosis and of dealing with treatment. Our supportive oncology team addresses these issues in a timely manner with additional support from counselors, nurse navigators, dietitians and social service professionals.
Your Treatment Team
- As part of the genitourinary oncology team, Dr. Carthon treats patients with prostate, bladder, and renal cancers and other genitourinary malignancies.
- Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
- (404) 778-1900
- Board certified in clinical and anatomic pathology, Dr. Ellis specializes in urologic pathology (genitourinary) and non-neoplastic renal pathology.
- Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
- (404) 712-5947
- Ms. Hughes works with the genitourinary and gastrointestinal patients at Winship Cancer Institute and the breast, gynecological and sarcoma patients at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
- Social Worker, Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
- (404) 778-5976
- Dr. Master is a renowned national expert in the surgical treatment of kidney cancer particularly a complex variety that extends into the main blood vessels and the heart.
- Associate Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
- (404) 778-4898
- Dr. Patel specializes in the treatment of genitourinary and gynecological malignancies as well as the use of high-dose rate brachytherapy and stereotactic body radiation therapy.
- Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
- (404) 778-3473