Reference Radiation therapy for testicular cancer uses high-dose X-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells. This therapy may be used after surgery to keep the cancer from coming back. Sometimes radiation therapy is used to treat testicular cancer that has come back.
Radiation therapy may be used to treat seminoma cancer. Because the lymph nodes in the pelvis and lower back are the most common areas for testicular cancer to spread, radiation is often focused on that area.
You may have a choice between radiation therapy or another treatment. When making your decision, talk to your doctor about the risks and possible Reference side effects of radiation therapy.
Stem cell transplant
Stem cell transplant may be used along with high-dose chemotherapy to treat testicular cancer that has spread into other parts of the body. This is done with stem cells Reference from the person's own body.
People sometimes use Reference complementary therapies along with medical treatment to help relieve symptoms and side effects of cancer treatments. Some of the complementary therapies that may be helpful include:
- Reference Acupuncture to relieve pain.
- Reference Meditation or Reference yoga to relieve stress.
- Reference Massage and Reference biofeedback to reduce pain and ease tension.
- Reference Breathing exercises for relaxation.
Mind-body treatments like the ones listed above may help you feel better. They can make it easier to cope with cancer treatments. They also may reduce chronic low back pain, joint pain, headaches, and pain from treatments.
Before you try a complementary therapy, talk to your doctor about its potential value and side effects. Let your doctor know if you are already using any such therapies. These therapies aren't meant to take the place of standard medical treatment. But they may improve your quality of life and help you deal with the stress and side effects of cancer treatment.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference October 22, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology