Early treatment by a qualified specialist is your best defense against testicular cancer. S. Adam Ramin, MD is a board-certified urologist and surgeon with a busy practice in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles. He is highly valued by colleagues and patients alike for his impressive medical expertise and surgical skills. Patients also value his personalized approach to testicular cancer care, which puts your health and well-being first throughout the treatment process. Schedule a visit today. Call the office or book your appointment online.
Healthy cells typically divide and multiply in a uniform and balanced manner that keeps your body functioning normally. Like other forms of cancer, testicular cancer occurs when abnormal cells divide and multiply so rapidly that they grow out of control. These accumulating cells form a cancerous mass or tumor in the affected testicle.
It’s not clear why, but most testicular cancers begin in the germ cells, which are the cells that produce immature sperm. While testicular cancer is rare, it’s the most common cancer in American males between the ages of 15 and 35.
Signs and symptoms of testicular cancer may include:
Testicular cancer is rare, but factors that may increase your risk include:
Conditions such as Klinefelter syndrome, which can affect testicular growth and development, may also play a role in testicular cancer.
Treatment options for testicular cancer depend on the type of cancer and extent (stage) of its spread. It’s important to note that testicular cancer is highly treatable, even when cancer has spread beyond the testicle.
The primary treatment for nearly all stages and types of testicular cancer is surgical removal of the affected testicle through a small incision in your groin. To maintain cosmetic appeal, Dr. Ramin can replace the testicle with a saline-filled prosthetic.
You may also require surgical removal of nearby lymph nodes, which Dr. Ramin performs with the robot-assisted da Vinci® Surgical System whenever possible. This state-of-the-art system offers the same benefits of laparoscopic surgery – smaller incisions, faster healing time, decreased risk of infection – but provides superior precision and other advances required for delicate surgeries.
Dr. Ramin provides a thorough explanation of your treatment options and gives you ample opportunity to ask questions before scheduling your procedure. Don’t delay treatment. Schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking your appointment online.