Can People Who Have Had Testicular Cancer Still Have Children?
Most boys who had one testicle removed and still have one healthy testicle can father children later in life. Sometimes doctors recommend sperm banking before cancer treatment begins. Sperm banking freezes and stores sperm for future use.
For younger teens and boys, an experimental procedure called sperm aspiration might be possible. This process removes immature sperm cells for future use.
Talk to your son's doctor about these options and any other concerns.
What Happens After Treatment?
Depending on the type of tumor and its treatment, boys will need follow-up visits that might include:
a chest X-ray (if the cancer had spread)
regular CT scans of the belly and pelvis for several years
Sometimes, survivors of testicular cancer can get a second cancer. This usually is another testicular tumor, but also can be other types such as rectal, bladder, kidney, or thyroid cancer. Regular follow-up visits will help find these tumors early so treatment can start right away.
What Else Should I Know?
Teens who had a total inguinal orchiectomy can get a prosthetic, or artificial, testicle a few months after surgery. This can help make some boys feel more comfortable about their appearance.
How Can Parents Help?
To help your son after cancer treatment:
Go to all follow-up doctor visits.
Remind your son to do monthly testicular self-exams and to tell you or his doctor if he finds anything unusual.
If your son had a total orchiectomy and feels self-conscious, it may help to talk to a therapist.
A cancer diagnosis and treatment can be stressful for any family. The care team is there to support your son and the whole family. Be sure to reach out to them with any questions or concerns. You and your son also can find more information and support online at: