Explore below for in-depth testicular cancer stories from patients and survivors who share everything from first symptoms, treatment timeline, to navigating life with cancer.
Testicular cancer most often begins in germ cells (cells that make sperm). It is rare and is most frequently diagnosed in men 20-34 years old. Most testicular cancers can be cured, even if diagnosed at an advanced stage. (National Cancer Institute)
Explore the stories and hear directly from the men who’ve been diagnosed with testicular cancer and have undergone various types of treatment, including orchiectomy, reconstruction, chemotherapy, radiation, and hormone therapy.
We’ve categorized the stories according to the major subtypes, including seminoma and non-seminoma.
Age at Diagnosis: 25 1st Symptoms: Grape-sized tumor on neck; hip and pelvis pain; ultrasound revealed tumor on right testicle Treatment: Chemotherapy (BEP), removal of right testicle, lymph node resection (RPLND), and tumor dissection in the neck
Age Diagnosed: 24 1st Symptoms: Fatigue, one swollen testicle Treatment: BEP chemotherapy, surgeries (including complications)
Steven C.Diagnosis: Non-Seminoma Testicular Cancer Symptoms: Enlarged left testicle, tenderness in left testicle, lump in back (retroperitoneum) Treatment: Orchiectomy, chemo, retroperitoneal lymph node dissection
Ben F., Testicular CancerDiagnosis: Metastatic Testicular Cancer Symptoms: Hard, swollen testicleTreatment: Surgery, laparoscopy, orchiectomy