- What are the Symptoms of Testicular Cancer
- The Most Common Symptoms of Testicular Cancer
- Symptoms that May Indicate Another Reason
What are the Symptoms of Testicular Cancer
In this article, you’ll find information on body changes and other things that can serve as a warning for a need of medical treatment. If you want to see other articles related to the topic, look through the menu on the side of your screen.
In case a man faces testicular cancer, a number of symptoms may occur. It may, however, so happen than no symptoms at all occur. Besides, you’re to bear in mind that there may be other reasons for the symptoms apart from cancer. In other words, if you notice the symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily imply that you have cancer.
As a rule, these are exactly enlargement of the testicle or a little lump located in the area of testicle that are considered to be the first manifestations of the testicular cancer. If you notice a lump, hardness or tenderness in the testicle that are accompanied by painful sensations, you’re strongly recommended to consult your doctor immediately.
The Most Common Symptoms of Testicular Cancer
As for other symptoms of the cancer, they may not be present up until it starts invading other areas of your organism.
Below you’ll find a list of possible testicular cancer symptoms:
- Painless lump or little swelling on one of the testicles. If doctors manage to catch the disease in the very beginning, the actual tumor may be rather small, like a pea or a marble. However pay attention to the fact that it may become very big.
- A sense of discomfort or painful sensations that may be accompanied by swelling on the testicle or the scrotum.
- Experiencing heaviness or other senses that don’t usually occur in the scrotum. In such case, one testicle may be firmer than the other one. Sometimes, testicular cancer results in the testicle being bigger or smaller than usual.
- Dull ache that occurs in the lower abdomen or groin.
- Fluid that starts to suddenly accumulate in the scrotum.
- Breast being tender or starting to grow. Even though such like situations are quite rare, some testicular tumors enable the production of certain hormones that result in breast being tender and breast tissue growth. Such like situation is referred to as gynecomastia.
- Painful sensations occurring in the lower back, being short of breath, experiencing pain in chest or bloody sputum or phlegm may also mean that you have testicular cancer of later stages.
- Swelling that occurs either on one leg or both. You may also feel a need to catch your breath. The reason for it may be a blood clot. If there is a blood clot detected in a large vein, doctors refer to such like situation as DVT or deep venous thrombosis. If there is a blood clot in an artery of one of your lungs, it means you’re dealing with a pulmonary embolism that can result in a need to catch breath. If you’re young or middle-aged, the presence of a blood clot may be the first symptom of having testicular cancer.
Symptoms that May Indicate Another Reason
At the same time, note that some symptoms of the testicular cancer and noncancerous conditions may coincide.
You will find the symptoms mentioned below:
- The occurrence of lump or change in size.
- A cyst that doctors refer to as spermatocele. The cyst starts growing in the epididymis. It is a small organ attached to the testicle. It is made up of coiled tubes the aim of which is carrying sperm away from the testicle.
- Blood vessels being larger because of the testicle. The special term doctors use for such like situation is varicocele.
- Fluid that starts accumulating in the membrane located around the testicle. Doctors call it hydrocele.
- An opening that occurs in the abdominal muscle. This is called hermia.
- Painful sensations.
- Infectious process that attacks testicle and is referred to as orchitis. If there is infectious process going on in the epididymis, it’s referred to as epididymitis. If your doctor assumes that you may have an infection, he or she prescribes you antibiotics. In case the drugs do not help, there is a need for making tests.
If you notice any of the symptoms described above, you’re to talk them over with your doctor. Apart from standard questions, your doctor may ask you for how long the symptoms occur and how often. The main aim here is to define possible reason for your problem. The procedure is referred to as diagnosis.
Even if the diagnosis is made and you’re said to have cancer, making the symptoms lighter remain the key point of treatment procedures. Such like treatment may be called symptom management or supportive care. You are strongly recommended to discuss all the symptoms you experience with the team that’s responsible for your treatment. You are also to mention any change or new symptoms if they appear.
Reading the given guide further, you’ll find information on diagnosis. By reading the article through, you’ll have a better understanding of additional necessary tets carried out with the view of revealing the causes of the symptoms. You may also use the menu on the side of your screen and any other section of the guide you’d like to read.