Radiation Therapy

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center Medical Team Utilizes Radiation Therapy to Treat Testicular Cancer

Because patients have different health and lifestyle needs, UH Seidman Cancer Center team of expert health care professional tailors each testicular cancer treatment plan to fit each individual. We integrate various therapies for the treatment of testicular cancer, including radiation therapy, to deliver personalized, effective treatment to all our patients.

What is Radiation Therapy?

Radiation therapy uses high-powered energy beams, such as X-rays, to kill cancer cells. This therapy may be a viable treatment option for testicular cancer patients diagnosed with a seminoma tumor.

How Radiation Therapy Works

There are two types of radiation therapy used for the treatment of testicular cancer: external and internal. The method in which radiation is administered depends on the stage of cancer being treated.

  • External radiation: During this type of radiation therapy, the patient is positioned on the table and a large machine moves around his or her body, aiming energy beams at the abdomen and groin.
  • Internal radiation: Internal radiation therapy uses radioactive substances sealed in needles, seeds, wires or catheters, which are placed directly in or near the cancer's location.

Side Effects of Radiation

Individuals may experience side effects following radiation treatment, including:

  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Redness or irritation in the abdominal or groin area
  • Infertility

Patients can rest assured that their UH Seidman Cancer Center physician will discuss in great detail any fertility issues surrounding radiation therapy.

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