Testicular Cancer

What is it?

Testicular cancer is the cancer of the testies. 

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Symptoms

  • Undescended testicles 
  •  Genetic mutation 
  • Endocrine/hormone disruptors 
  •  Infertility
  • smoking 
  • HIV
  • AIDS 
  • Orchitis 
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Causes

  • Swelling or lump in testes /scrotum 
  •  Sudden collection of fluid in scrotum
  •  No symptoms other than exhaustion/fatigue
  •  Dull ache/sharp pain in testes, scrotum/groin 
  •  Dull ache/pain in stomach/abdomen area
  • Feeling of heaviness/pulling sensation in the scrotum/ testes 
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Treatment

  • Surgical removal of affected teste
  • orchidectomy 
  •  chemotherapy
  • Radiotherapy 
  • Testosterone replacement therapy 
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Physical Impacts

On the indivdual

  • Hormone imbalance 
  • Lower fertility levels
  • Lack of interest in sex

On the family 

  • strains- from lifting the loved one up 
  • feeling tired 

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Intellectual Impact

On the indidvdual 

  • Lacks concentration at work
  • Learn about Testicular cancer more

On the family 

  • Out of school or work
  • Responsibilities change at home  
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Emotional Impact

On the indivdual 

  • Confident about chances of beating it (95% caught early are cured)
  • Feel “less of a man” 
  • Anxiety
  • sadness
  • anger
  • afraid
  • Depression

On the family

  • Stress
  •  Anxiety
  • Overwhelmed
  • Angry 

 

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Social Impact

On the indivdual

  • Affect relationship with partner/family/friends (allow positive or negative)
  • Engage in health promotion activities related to testicular cancer, e.g.
  • raising awareness

On the family 

  • Make you and the person who has the cancer close
  • Put tension because of the change of responsibilities
  •   Put a strain on your relationship
  • Won’t be able to do hobbies because of being tired 
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Financial Impact

On the indivdual

  • May need to leave work / salary affected (statutory sick)
  •  has to leave work and relies on benefits
  • Car parking charges 

On the family 

  • May need to leave work to look after the person with the cancer
  • Might be on sick pay
  • Having to cope with using benefits to live 
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