Parker County Today July 2016 - Page 39

Balls in Your Court! “There is nothing more important to me as a physician than your cancer treatment. I’ve been in practice for nearly two decades and have had the privilege of telling many patients that there is life beyond cancer. As president of The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, I want to lead by example, practicing a firm belief that all patients should receive the finest medical care available, with the same concern and compassion as a cherished member of the family.” Ray Page, D.O., Ph.D. President and Medical Oncologist The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders OK guys, wanna have a tea bag conversation? Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in males ages 15-35. There are over 8,000 diagnosed every year in the U.S. With our current treatments only a small percentage actually die from the cancer. Even men such as biker Lance Armstrong can be diagnosed with an extensive disease including brain mets and still be cured to live a normal life. Testicular cancer is not common; about 1 of every 263 males will develop testicular cancer at some point during his life. The average age at the time of diagnosis of testicular cancer is about 33. This is largely a disease of young and middle-aged men, but about 7% of cases occur in children and teens, and about 7% occur in men over the age of 55. Most boys and men with testicular cancer do not have any of the known risk factors. Some risk factors for testicular cancer include: • An undescended testicle • Family history of testicular cancer • HIV infection • Having had testicular cancer before • White race Most of the time a lump on the testicle is the first symptom or the testicle might be swollen or larger than normal. Most doctors agree that examining a man’s testicles should be part of a general physical exam or routine cancer-related checkup. A monthly self exam is also recommended. It is common for one testicle to be slightly larger or hang slightly lower than the other. Sometimes you can also feel areas of fullness that may be related to benign fluid collection called a hydrocele, or a dilated vein called a varicocele. Most importantly, if you notice a knot, lump or any other new change in your testicle bring it to the attention of your doctor. An ultrasound is often the first test done if the doctor thinks you might have testicular cancer. Some blood tests, called tumor markers, may also be drawn. If these tests are suspicious then the testicle should be completely removed through the groin area. Schedule appointments by calling 817-596-0637 or online at Support services sponsored by: To learn more about cancer care issues or to consult with a physician about a cancer diagnosis, contact us at 817.596.0637. PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY So young men, GET A GRIP!!! You’re nuts if you are not checking!! JULY 2016 If a testicular cancer is found in earlier stages then often surgery is all that is required. However if the testicular cancer has a higher stage or risk of relapse then often chemo and/or radiation therapy is given also. 37