Testicular Cancer (Germ Cell Tumors): Survivorship & Support

Advances in treatment have boosted the survival rate for testicular cancer, especially for men who have early-stage tumors. Most men who are diagnosed with testicular cancer survive the disease.

However, we understand that fighting cancer and coping with the aftereffects of treatment can be overwhelming. Our experts are skilled in identifying and managing the various symptoms and complications associated with the treatment of testicular cancer, including the emotional and psychological aspects of living with this disease. 

In our Survivorship Center, we describe a variety of services that address the needs of testicular cancer survivors in the years following treatment. Learn more about several of our survivorship offerings, including follow-up care and support services.

Follow-Up Care

Once your treatment is complete, your doctor will likely recommend that you perform self-exams and return for regular checkups. During these checkups, your doctor will examine the unaffected testicle for any lumps or abnormalities. Blood tests may be used to look for tumor markers, although testicular cancer does not always raise levels of blood tumor markers. You may also have chest x-rays or CT scans to detect any tumors during your follow-up care.

Rehabilitation

Following surgery or other treatments for testicular cancer, you may notice changes in your strength, flexibility, balance, and endurance. Rehabilitation therapy can help improve your quality of life.

At Memorial Sloan Kettering, physical therapists work closely with your medical team to design individualized exercise programs. We offer patients valuable techniques to increase mobility and decrease pain after surgery. Learn more about our rehabilitation services.

Sexual Health and Fertility

Memorial Sloan Kettering's comprehensive care of men with testicular cancer includes physicians, nurses, psychologists, and social workers with expertise in treating sexual health issues, such as infertility, that can arise after treatment. Learn more about our sexual health support services and read information about fertility and parenthood after cancer treatment.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Counseling Center

Men who cope with testicular cancer can have unique psychological and social needs. Our Counseling Center offers individual and family counseling sessions to help you and your family members address any problems that may arise from adjusting to life during and after treatment.

Integrative Medicine

Our Integrative Medicine Service complements mainstream medical care by addressing the physical and emotional symptoms associated with cancer and its treatment. We offer a number of complementary therapies including various types of massage, acupuncture, hypnotherapy, meditation, music therapy, nutritional counseling, and mind-body techniques such as visualization, as well as classes such as yoga, t’ai chi, and chair aerobics.

Testicular Cancer Support Group

Memorial Sloan Kettering offers support groups to give patients and their families the opportunity to discuss the challenges surrounding testicular cancer treatment. Patients and survivors can participate in periodic group meetings, led by social workers, nurses, and peers, to discuss changes in physical functioning, appearance, lifestyle, self-image, fatigue, and isolation, as well as concerns about the future. Healthcare staff will also provide medical and rehabilitation information. Visit our calendar for information about upcoming meetings.