Testicular cancer is cancer that starts in the testicles, the male reproductive glands located in the scrotum. It is the most common form of cancer in men between the ages of 15 and 35. It can also occur in older men and (rarely) in younger boys. The exact cause of testicular cancer is unknown.
Why choose the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) for testicular cancer?
The doctors who treat testicular cancer at the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) are part of the Genitourinary Oncology Department. They are leaders in the field and, as a team, provide highly personalized and advanced care. Our team is also dedicated to clinical research, striving at all times to find the best treatments and therapies for testicular cancer. Dr. Javier Hernandez, our local expert testicular cancer surgeon, has done more advanced testicular cancer cases than any other surgeon in Texas since 2012.
The CTRC is a premiere cancer research and treatment facility and the only National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center in Central and South Texas. Patients come to the CTRC from throughout Texas for:
Types of testicular cancer
There are two main types of testicular cancer: seminomas and nonseminomas. These cancers grow from the cells that make sperm (germ cells).
- Seminoma: This is a slow-growing form of testicular cancer usually found in men in their 30s and 40s. The cancer is usually just in the testes, but it can spread to the lymph nodes. Seminomas are very sensitive to radiation therapy.
- Nonseminoma: This more common type of testicular cancer tends to grow more quickly than seminomas. Nonseminoma tumors are often made up of more than one type of cell.
Clinical trials at the CTRC
Clinical trials are a major focus area at the CTRC. Because we are a cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), you can be assured that you’re in the right place if a clinical trial is a treatment option that makes sense for your diagnosis. Our staff has the expertise to help you through all phases of a clinical trial. The CTRC also offers experimental treatments and first-in-human clinical trials under special programs for patients who qualify for such treatment options, whether you’ve just been diagnosed or you’ve received other treatments already.
Make an appointment
To request an appointment with our team or to make a referral to one of our physicians, please call the CTRC main number: (210) 450-1000 or 800-340-2872 or email CTRCReferral@uthscsa.edu.