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Testicular Cancer Prognosis

A prognosis is a medical opinion as to the likely course and outcome of a disease. In other words, it is the chance that a person will recover or have a recurrence of the testicular cancer. Factors that affect a prognosis for testicular cancer include the stage of the disease, the size of the tumor, and the number and size of retroperitoneal lymph nodes. It is important to keep in mind that this is only a prediction; doctors cannot be absolutely certain about the outcome for a particular person.

Testicular Cancer Prognosis: An Introduction

People who are facing testicular cancer are naturally concerned about what the future holds. Understanding testicular cancer can help patients and their loved ones:
 
 
Many patients want to know their testicular cancer prognosis. Therefore, they may ask their doctor or search for testicular cancer statistics on their own.
 

What Is a Prognosis?

A prognosis is a medical opinion as to the likely course and outcome of a disease. In other words, the prognosis is the chance that a patient will recover or have a recurrence (return of the cancer). Many factors can affect a person's prognosis, including:
 
  • The type and location of the cancer
  • The stage of the disease (the extent to which the cancer has metastasized, or spread)
  • Its grade (how abnormal the cancer cells look and how quickly the cancer is likely to grow and spread)
  • The person's age, general health, and response to treatment.
     
When doctors consider a person's prognosis, they carefully assess all of the factors that could affect that person's disease and treatment and then try to predict what might happen. Doctors base their testicular cancer prognosis on information researchers have collected over many years, and when possible, doctors will use statistics based on groups of people whose situations are most similar to that of an individual patient. It is important to keep in mind that a prognosis is only a prediction; doctors cannot be absolutely certain about the outcome for a particular patient.
 
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