What to Expect After a Testicular Cancer Diagnosis
Assistance and support during your treatment and recovery
Anxiety is normal when you receive a diagnosis of testicular cancer. But you are not alone. At Henry Ford, we will support you through every step of your treatment and recovery. Our testicular cancer team includes specialists from several different medical disciplines. They will be here for you as you make decisions, receive treatment, and recover.
You can be assured that the skills and expertise of our surgeons, urologists, and oncologists enable them to provide the best possible care for you. In addition, specialized nurses and supporting staff are part of the team that help to make your treatment and recovery possible.
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Your needs and optimal health are the basis for creating a personalized treatment plan. Our testicular cancer team will consider the tumor type, the stage of the cancer, the possibly of the cancer recurring, your desire to have children, and other personal preferences.
In addition, our experts will discuss your case during their tumor board meetings. Their combined knowledge and shared insights will help to create a treatment plan, care management plan, and recovery plan. Our tumor board includes healthcare professionals from the following medical fields.
- Medical oncology
- Radiation oncology
- Clinical trials
- Nurse navigators
- Fertility preservation
- Social workers and other supportive oncology specialists
After your treatment plan has been developed, our nurse coordinators will help arrange all your necessary appointments. Dealing with testicular cancer can involve many questions and can increase emotional needs. To help decrease anxiety and stress before and after surgery, we offer a variety of support services.
What to expect at your first clinic appointment
On your first visit to Henry Ford, we want you to feel comfortable and well prepared, so we ask that you bring the following items:
- Medical records and images related to your testicular cancer diagnosis. If you are a new patient at Henry Ford, please bring any CD, DVD, or other media.
- Directions for driving and parking
- Sweater and comfortable clothing
- Snacks and drinks (Places to eat are available on our campus.)
- Magazines or a book to read
- Cell phone, mobile device, or laptop (Free wireless service is available.)
Preparing for surgery
Testicular cancer requires the best treatment to completely eliminate the disease, and that means surgically removing the affected testicle. We are committed to providing excellent pre-operative care, surgical care, recovery, and follow-up services. Our team will communicate with you and support you through every step of the way.
You will receive verbal and printed instructions about any blood tests or X-rays that may be required before surgery. Depending on your medical needs, your urologist may order antibiotics or anti-anxiety medications.
On the day before your surgery, a member of our team will contact you to ask questions and confirm the time you should arrive at the hospital. Please request to speak to the anesthesiologist if you have concerns about anesthesia.
The day of your surgery
After arriving at the hospital, you will be taken to the pre-operative area for preparation. You will meet with the anesthesiologist, an anesthesiology resident, or a certified registered nurse anesthetist.
They will ask you questions about your medical and surgical history, previous experiences with anesthesia, side effects, allergies to medication, your current medical condition, and the surgical procedure you will be having.
Finally, a member of our anesthesiology team will explain the anesthesia to you and your family, and you will be ready for surgery.
After surgery, we will want to monitor you for one or two hours in a recovery room. Depending on your surgery, you may be transferred to a hospital room for a few hours or a longer stay. While you are in the hospital, an anesthesiology team member will manage your pain.
Before you leave the hospital, you will receive a prescription for pain medication from your physician. The doctor will also provide verbal and printed instructions for your care and comfort at home. Our support staff will schedule a follow-up appointment after your surgery. Also, you will also be given contact information if you need to speak to a doctor or nurse.
In addition, a cancer survivor clinic will be made available to you. A nurse navigator will discuss ways to have a healthier lifestyle and manage some of the issues and side effects associated with treatment for testicular cancer.