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Chemo vs. Radiation for Testicular Cancer

Early Results Show Single Chemo Shot Effective for Early Testicular Cancer

ByMirandaHitti
WebMD Medical News

Reviewed ByMichael Smith,MD
on Thursday, July 21, 2005

July 21, 2005 -- New research shows that a single dose of chemotherapy may be as effective as and less draining than radiation for testicular cancer .

The results, published in The Lancet, only cover the first four years after treatment. Longer-term results are not yet known, say the researchers.

They included Tim Oliver, MD, a medical oncology professor at Barts and the London Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry.

About Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is one of the most curable forms of cancer, with cure rates of more than 90% in all stages combined, states the web site of the American Cancer Society (ACS). When testicular cancer is caught early, as it often is, cure rates are near 100%.

The ACS predicts nearly 8,000 new cases of testicular cancer in the U.S. this year. Close to 400 men are expected to die from the disease.

Common symptoms of testicular cancer include:

  • Lump on a testicle (often painless but may be uncomfortable)
  • Swelling in the area of the testicle
  • Heaviness or aching in the belly or scrotum