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When detected and treated in the early stages, testicular cancer is one of the most curable cancers to affect men.
Depending on the type of testicular cancer a patient has, their care after treatment may include monitoring alone, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, further surgery or different combinations of these.
Some of the approaches to managing patients after they have been treated for testicular cancer are described below.
After a man has been treated for testicular cancer, there is still a risk of cancer recurrence. Around one quarter of patients experience recurrence of the cancer within two years of treatment finishing. Patients therefore need to be regularly monitored using physical examinations, blood tests to check for certain cancer markers, chest X-rays and computed tomography (CT) scans.
Follow-up checks are performed frequently within the first two years of treatment finishing and may continue for up to five years. Even if the cancer does return, it is usually possible to cure it again using chemotherpay or radiotherpay if it is detected in the early stages.