Testicular Cancer Program

Testicular cancer is most common in young or middle-aged men and refers to malignant tumors that form in one or both of the testicles. Without proper testing, it is impossible to know when a tumor in the testicles is malignant or benign so it is vital that any unusual thickening or lump be evaluated by a physician as soon as it is detected. Virginia Mason is one of the highest volume centers in the country for the diagnosis and treatment of testicular cancer and our physicians have a national reputation for their success in treating this condition. Virtually all testicular cancer patients at Virginia Mason will be cured. Our targeted and focused approach starts with an individual plan of care uniquely created for each patient. This treatment plan is developed by a multidisciplinary team that includes:

  • Surgical, radiological and medical oncologists
  • Plastic and reconstructive surgeons
  • Nurses
  • Nutritionists
  • Physical therapists
  • Social workers

State-of-the-Art Treatment

Surgery, radiation and chemotherapy are all options in the treatment of testicular cancer. The surgical expertise at Virginia Mason is unequaled in the Pacific Northwest. Christopher Porter, MD, is one of the few urological surgeons in the country specializing in testicular cancer. Nerve sparing and resectioning of tissue are routinely done to minimize the effect of surgery on patients. Radiation and chemotherapy are also hallmarks of treatment of testicular cancer at Virginia Mason. With early diagnosis and proper treatment, virtually all patients can expect to be cured. But attentive follow-up is done to ensure continued health and wellness.

Testicular Cancer Personal Guidance

Testicular cancer patients have a care coordinator assigned to them to answer questions and coordinate treatment. This person is with each patient every step of the way — from diagnosis through treatment and recovery.

Wellness and Rehabilitation

Patient needs are continually assessed and addressed to minimize the effect of testicular cancer on fertility and overall health and happiness. We enhance our patients' quality of life — in treatment and recovery — through an emphasis on cancer wellness and rehabilitation, including recommendations and support for sexual function, nutrition and exercise.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, please call (206) 341-1420.