Treatment Programs

Testicular Cancer

An individually-tailored treatment program for testicular cancer with approaches offered at only a few cancer centers nationwide.

The Claire & John Bertucci Center for Genitourinary Cancers is one of the largest and most experienced centers in New England for the diagnosis and treatment of testicular cancer.

Innovative ApproachesTo provide the most effective care with the fewest side effects, our specialists use advanced approaches to diagnosis and treatment. Many of these approaches were developed here, and may include:

  • Specialized pathology to quickly and accurately determine cancer type and stage
  • New imaging technology to more accurately determine if cancer has spread
  • Minimally invasive techniques that help lessen post-operative discomfort and recovery time

Multidisciplinary Patient CareNew patients are generally seen within a week of referral. At your first appointment, you will meet the genitourinary cancer specialists who will be involved in your care, including:

  • Urologists and surgical oncologists experienced in the latest testicular cancer surgery approaches
  • Radiation oncologists who specialize in delivering the optimal therapeutic dose while protecting healthy tissue
  • Medical oncologists to discuss overall prognosis and review the available treatment approaches

In addition, you may also see:

  • Pathologists specializing in urologic cancers
  • Radiologists specializing in genitourinary cancer imaging
  • Oncology nurses and nurse practitioners who specialize in cancer care
  • Oncology psychiatrists and social workers experienced in helping with the cognitive side effects of cancer and treatment, as well the emotional and spiritual side of the cancer experience
  • A nutritionist to help you with questions about diet and nutrition during treatment

In keeping with your needs and wishes, this team will develop your individually tailored treatment plan, monitor your care, and communicate regularly with you and your referring physician about your progress.

Expertise in Diagnosing and Staging CancersExact diagnosis and staging are critical to defining the appropriate treatment for your cancer. Our team includes highly sub-specialized pathologists who work exclusively with genitourinary cancers and who look for tumor markers that can help pinpoint prognosis and treatment approach. This expertise translates into rapid and accurate staging of genitourinary cancers – the foundation of an appropriate treatment plan.

Our diagnostic experts are aided by advanced methods for diagnosing and staging testicular cancer, particularly new MRI techniques, including diffusion-weighted MRI, which permit more accurate detection of cancer cells. In clinical trials, nanoparticle-enhanced MRI (developed here) has shown promise for detecting cancerous lymph nodes that traditional biopsy methods miss.

Standard and Novel Medical TreatmentsYour medical oncologist will determine which medicine(s) you receive based on the stage and type of your cancer and other health factors. Your medical and support professionals will help you deal with side effects of treatment.

Excellence in Surgical CareA large number of genitourinary procedures are done here annually, and studies have shown that patients tend to recover faster and have fewer complications when they have surgery in a medical center where many surgeries are done for the same type of cancer. Other notable aspects of having genitourinary cancer surgery here include:

  • Sub-specialized genitourinary surgical oncologists
  • Minimally invasive approaches
  • Laser ablation, which uses laser beam to destroy tumors from outside the body
  • Intraoperative radiation, which delivers radiation to the surgical area once a tumor has been removed and while the patient is still under sedation
  • Stem cell transplantation

Pioneering Radiation TherapiesOur radiation oncologists use the most advanced imaging techniques and delivery technology to treat genitourinary cancers. Care is taken to not only target the affected tissues with precision but also to deliver the lowest possible radiation dose to the healthy normal tissues.

Learn more about radiation therapy.

Treating Cancer through Clinical TrialsClinical trials offer patients at all stages of disease access to treatment approaches based on the most current understanding of cancer. We offer one of the region’s largest clinical trial programs in genitourinary cancers.

Find clinical trials for testicular cancer.
Find Targeted Therapy Trials for testicular cancer.

Developing Better Therapies through ResearchLaboratory and clinical studies continually improve approaches to cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment. As one of the region’s foremost research centers in genitourinary cancers, we are developing promising new screening and treatment approaches.

Testicular Cancer

Cancer that develops in a testicle is called testicular cancer.

The Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program

The Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program focuses on improving the quality of life and well-being of Cancer Center patients, their families and friends through free wellness services such as acupuncture and yoga. These services help you take care of your whole self — mind, body and spirit.

Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Room

The Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Room at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center provides cancer patients and their families with information and resources for living with cancer.

The PACT Program

The Marjorie E. Korff PACT program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center provides psycho-educational support for parents who are patients.

Oncology Chaplaincy

Our oncology chaplain is familiar with the unique needs of those with cancer.

Ostomy Support Group

We welcome patients with a new or existing colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy, and their family and friends, to monthly meetings of the Massachusetts General Hospital Ostomy Support Group.

Home Disconnect

A home infusion pump may be part of your treatment plan. In some cases, you may have the option for disconnecting the chemotherapy from home. If this option applies to you, and you would prefer to disconnect from home, this instructional video will reinforce the teaching provided to you by your nurse in the Mass General cancer Center

The following related clinical trials and research studies are currently seeking participants at Massachusetts General Hospital. Search for clinical trials and studies in another area of interest.

The Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program

The Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program focuses on improving the quality of life and well-being of Cancer Center patients, their families and friends through free wellness services such as acupuncture and yoga. These services help you take care of your whole self — mind, body and spirit.

Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Room

The Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Room at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center provides cancer patients and their families with information and resources for living with cancer.

The PACT Program

The Marjorie E. Korff PACT program at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center provides psycho-educational support for parents who are patients.

Oncology Chaplaincy

Our oncology chaplain is familiar with the unique needs of those with cancer.

Ostomy Support Group

We welcome patients with a new or existing colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy, and their family and friends, to monthly meetings of the Massachusetts General Hospital Ostomy Support Group.

Home Disconnect

A home infusion pump may be part of your treatment plan. In some cases, you may have the option for disconnecting the chemotherapy from home. If this option applies to you, and you would prefer to disconnect from home, this instructional video will reinforce the teaching provided to you by your nurse in the Mass General cancer Center

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