Testicular Cancer Treatments

Both diagnosis and treatment of testis cancer requires surgical removal of the testicle.


Diagnosis occurs with outpatient removal of the concerning testicle. This usually requires less than an hour of anesthesia.

For those men with advanced or high-risk cancer, a retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (surgical procedure to remove abdominal lymph nodes) may be recommended.


For patients with metastatic testis cancer, a medical oncologist is a critical part of their Northwestern Medicine testis cancer treatment team. Chemotherapy drugs may be administered to treat cancerous cells that have spread outside the testis.

Radiation Therapy

Patients with certain testis cancers may elect radiation therapy. Your multidisciplinary specialty team will discuss if this option is right for you.

Novel Therapies

We offer state-of-the-art therapy, such as immunotherapy and cancer-targeted therapies with clinical trials.