What is a testicle? Testicles (also called testes or gonads) are male sex glands found behind the penis in a sac of skin called the scrotum. These glands are responsible for producing and storing sperm, as well as producing male hormones. What is testicular cancer? Testicular cancer begins when cells within the testicle become cancerous and begin to grow out of control. Ninety-five percent of testicular tumors are a type called germ cell tumors.The term "germ cell" refers to cells that make sperm, and is not related to the more common definition of the word "germ," an organism that can cause infections . Other types of tumors found in the testicle are uncommon, and so this article will only address germ cell tumors. Testicular cancer is classified as one of two types: seminoma, which accounts for 40% of all testicular cancers, and nonseminoma, which includes four ... read more on Testicular Cancer: The Basics
Bilateral testicular cancer within two prospective, population-based SWENOTECA protocols in clinical stage I nonseminoma
Presenter: Torgrim Tandstad, MD PhD Presenter's Affiliation: St. Olav's Hospital, Trondheim, Norway Background Contralateral tumor (CLT) occurs in 3.5-5% of men diagnosed with non-seminomatous testicular cancer. ITGCNU (intratubular germ cell neoplasia of the unclassified type) is a precursor lesion to the development of germ cell
Testicular Relapse of ALL
Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts," Are you aware of any patients or statistics regarding ALL (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia) with testicular relapse? We believe our son is in this position and we have yet to find a similar case. Selina M. Luger, MD, Director of the Leukemia Program and Assistant Professor of Medicine
Undescended Testes and Testicular Cancer Risk
Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts," At 10 months old, my son had undescended testicle surgery. At that time, I was told he will have a higher chance to develop testicular cancer around 10 years of age. He is 8 years old now. How common is this? I have been looking for answers, none to be found. Please guide me, I would sleep a lot better with some
Alpha-fetoprotein Levels After Treatment for Testicular Cancer
Dear OncoLink "Ask the Experts," Our 24 year old son has stage I non-seminomatous testicular cancer. Part of the follow-up is a check on the alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) in the blood every two weeks. The AFP is considered a marker for this type of cancer. We have not been able to pinpoint the acceptable level of AFP. To add to the confusion,
NCI CANCERLIT® Search: Testicular Cancer - October 2001
[Epididymal tumor of adrenal remains] Synchronous occurrence of bladder carcinosarcoma and testicular seminoma. Molecular markers in testicular germ cell tumors--objects of clinical research or close to becoming clinical tools? Treatment...
NCI CANCERLIT® Search: Testicular Cancer - September 2001
Table of Contents[The affection of the nervous system in patients with malignant tumor of testis][Metachronous contralateral Leydig cell tumor of the testis: conservative treatment]Cancer and male infertility.[The role of tumor markers in the...
NCI CANCERLIT® Search: Testicular Cancer - April 2002
Syndrome X in testicular-cancer survivors. Testicular cancer and syndrome X. Mixed germ cell tumour arising from abdominal testicular tissue after apparent orchidectomy. Residual mass histology in testicular cancer: development and validation ...