Nate Sodders and Ryder Boothroyd
What is Testicular Cancer?
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What are the symptoms of this cancer and how does Testicular Cancer impact the people it affects?
Testicular Cancer has many symptoms, including physical and mental,
Physical Symptoms: The physical symptoms of Testicular Cancer are cells growing uncontrollably in either testicle.
- Increasing or decreasing size of the testicles.
- Your pectorals might grow in size or feel sensitive, as well as liquid gathering in the scrotum.
Mental (what your body feels) Symptoms: Only some of the symptoms can be identified with your own hands or eyes. The majority of symptoms of Testicular Cancer are noticed when the testicles or other body parts start feeling different.
- In the scrotum and testicle it can hurt or feel uncomfortable as well in the groin or lower abdomen.
- Feeling of more weight in the scrotum.
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Testicular Cancer and it's impacts on people affected
Treatment of Testicular Cancer causes physical changes to your body and to your life as well.
Operation will leave scar tissue
Pain for a few weeks
Your relationships with family, friends, and other people will change
Change in Self-esteem
Effects After Surgery:
Operation to remove Lymph Nodes
Surgery can cause sterility (can’t produce sperm)
Effects of Radiation Therapy:
Slows down sperm production/lowers count but is a temporary disability
Area that was treated has sensitive skin - range
Other symptoms relate to the average fever/cold
Effects of Chemotherapy:
Damages normal rapidly growing cells
Anticancer drugs are used on the patient during treatment, affecting-
Cells that line the digestive tract
As well as-
Lower resistance to infection
loss of appetite
Image: "Radiation Therapy for Testicular Cancer." Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Dec. 2015. <http://www.cancercenter.com/
How prevalent is Testicular Cancer?
The probability of getting Testicular Cancer is a 1 in 300 chance
Those with Testicular Cancer have a high chance of being cured and have a low chance of dying.
Found between ages 15 - 35
How is it diagnosed?
- Computed Tomography (CT Scan)
- Chest X-Ray
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- Positron Emission Tomography
- Blood Tests
What are the possible causes of Testicular Cancer?
Talks about how testicular cancer gets started from a cell that has been changed and is not healthy for the testes.
The cause of cancer is not known
Healthy Cell gets changed
Causes growth to get out of control from the unhealthy cell
Cells keep dividing out of control and cause major growth
Most start out in the germ cell and cause the growth
Image: "Testicular Cancer—Patient Version." National Cancer Institute. N.p., n.d. Web.
22 Dec. 2015. <http://www.cancer.gov/types/testicular>.
What happens at the cellular and molecular level?
Explains how changes in the DNA and can be the cause of this cancerous cell and creates a major tumor.
Testicular cancer cells create many copies of chromosomes
Causes too many chromosomes to be created and unhealthy
DNA and chromosome change causing this cancerous cell to spread and grow
- The Testicular cancer affects the genes which allows the cell to change the DNA and cause this cancer to grow
What are the treatments for Testicular Cancer? What are the cures?
This paragraph shows the different types of treatments they have to use in order to treat a certain type of tumor for the testicular cancer.
Multiple Types of treatments for testicular cancer
Tumors divided into groups depending on how they act during treatment
5 types of surgeries to remove the tumor
These surgeries can be dangerous to the testes
Treatments are always being tested to find a new and better treatment
Many tests may be needed