Chemotherapy for Testicular Cancer
Chemotherapy (chemo) uses drugs to kill testicular cancer cells. The drugs enter the bloodstream and travel through the body. It is mainly used after surgery, if cancer has spread beyond the testicles. It may also be used to ease symptoms from cancer that has spread. For nonseminomas, it may be used with radiation therapy.
Chemotherapy Drugs and Delivery
There are many types of chemo drugs. For testicular cancer, they work better when more than one is used. The type and mix of drugs will be based on the cancer type. It will also depend on how the person reacts to the drugs. The most common are:
Chemo is most often given through an IV. But some come in pill form. They are given in cycles over a set time. The doctor will help find out how many cycles are needed and which drugs will work best.
- Chemotherapy for testicular cancer. American Cancer Society website. Available at: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/testicular-cancer/treating/chemotherapy.html.
- Drugs approved for testicular cancer. National Cancer Institute website. Available at: https://www.cancer.gov/about-cancer/treatment/drugs/testicular.
- High-dose chemotherapy and stem cell transplant for testicular cancer. American Cancer Society website. Available at: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/testicular-cancer/treating/high-dose-chemo-stem-cell.html.
- Management of nonseminoma testicular cancer. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/management/management-of-nonseminoma-testicular-cancer.
- Management of seminoma. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: https://www.dynamed.com/management/management-of-seminoma.
- Mohei Abouzied, MD, FACP
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