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SEATTLE – (Oct. 3, 2013) — The most common type of testicular cancer often can be managed without chemotherapy, radiation or surgery if the cancer has not spread to other organs or tissue, according to research by international experts led by Craig Nichols, MD, of Virginia Mason Medical Center. Their findings are published by the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Titled “Active Surveillance Is the Preferred Approach to Clinical Stage I Testicular Cancer,” the report is a collaboration of experts at Virginia Mason and others across the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe. Read the article and related editorial online.

About 8,500 cases of testicular cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. The American Cancer Society identifies the most common signs and symptoms as lumps, swelling and pain. Men who experience any or all these, or notice other changes, should consult their physician immediately.

About Virginia Mason Medical Center
Virginia Mason Medical Center, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. Virginia Mason employs more than 5,300 people and includes a 336-bed acute-care hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 460 physicians; satellite locations throughout the Puget Sound area; and Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the U.S. designed and built specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS. Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason is internationally recognized for its breakthrough autoimmune disease research. Virginia Mason was the first health system to apply lean manufacturing principles to health care delivery to eliminate waste and improve quality and patient safety.

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Gale Robinette
Virginia Mason Media Relations
(206) 341-1509 

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