Testicular cancer gets a lot of news coverage because of Lance Armstrong and other popular young athletes stricken with the disease. It upsets us when we hear about young men in the prime of their lives afflicted with it, but most of us have no idea how men with the disease do in the long term.
Now, there is good news that testicular cancer survivors report that their quality of life is good overall-- in fact the same as those for similar men without testicular cancer. Using standardized tests, a team of researchers studied all men treated at a Danish hospital between 1990 and 2000. They found testicular cancer survivors reported no statistically significant differences in a broad range of outcomes, including physical functioning, cognitive functioning, emotional functioning, depression, fatigue, motivation, and mental fatigue.
An examination of the impact of treatment strategy on outcome found that among patients treated with radiation therapy, a relatively high proportion reported GI symptoms. Patients who underwent chemotherapy reported higher levels of peripheral sensory neuropathy, hearing problems, and Raynauds syndrome. The authors state these problems are widely known to be irreversible.
If you or someone you know has testicular cancer, share this information with them. It may help them cope with dealing with getting effective treatment.