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Poor Prognosis
In order for a patient with nonseminoma to receive a poor prognosis, at least one of the following must be true:
  • The tumor is in the center of the chest between the lungs
  • The tumor has spread to organs other than the lungs
  • The level of any one of the tumor markers is high.
There is no poor prognosis grouping for seminoma testicular tumors.

Potential Side Effects of Treatment

The treatment used for testicular cancer may damage healthy cells and tissues, which may lead to unwanted side effects. Specific side effects will depend on many factors, including the type and extent of the treatment. Side effects may not be the same for each person, and they may even change from one treatment session to the next. Before treatment begins, healthcare providers should explain the possible side effects of testicular cancer treatment and suggest ways to manage them.

Proper Nutrition During Testicular Cancer Treatment

It is important for patients to eat well during and after treatment for testicular cancer, because eating well may help patients feel better and have more energy. However, eating well can be hard, especially during or soon after treatment. Side effects from treatment can cause patients to have a poor appetite, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. A registered dietitian can suggest ways to deal with these problems.

Clinical Trials

Before starting treatment for testicular cancer, patients may want to consider taking part in a clinical trial. A treatment clinical trial is a research study that is meant to help improve current treatments or obtain information on new treatments for patients with testicular cancer. When clinical trials show that a new treatment is better than the standard treatment, the new treatment may become the standard treatment.
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