If a man is suspected to have testicular cancer, he may need one or more of the following checks to make a diagnosis:
- Ultrasound – This will happen at a hospital. It is a painless procedure that produces an image of the inside of your testicle.
- Blood tests – some testicular cancers produce chemicals which are released into the blood stream.
- Surgery – If it is thought a man has testicular cancer, a decision will be made to surgically remove the affected testicle. This surgery is called an orchidectomy. It is often not until the testicle is removed that professionals can confirm if the patient had testicular cancer.
- CT Scan – this scan will check if the cancer has spread to other areas of the body.
- Chest x-ray – This will identify any cancer which may have already spread to the lungs.