Radiation Therapy for Testicular Cancer

Effective treatment to target and destroy cancer cells.

Your testicular cancer team may recommend radiation therapy as part of your treatment plan. We often use radiation therapy alongside testicular cancer surgery to kill any remaining cancer cells.

What are the benefits of testicular cancer radiation therapy?

Radiation therapy allows us to shrink and kill testicular cancer cells without harming nearby tissue or organs.

In most cases, you can receive your radiation treatments in a period of three and a half to four weeks — a much shorter timeline than in years past. Some patients may be able to get their treatments in as little as one week. This means less inconvenience and less time away from work, family and other responsibilities.

What types of testicular cancer radiation therapy are available?

Henry Ford is a world leader in new approaches to radiation therapy and the fast-developing field of radiosurgery, a type of radiation that uses precise, advanced linear accelerator technology to deliver higher doses of radiation in fewer sessions. We will tailor your radiation treatment plan to your specific testicular cancer diagnosis.

For select patients with recurrent disease, and based on the location of recurrent disease, our radiation oncologists may recommend:

  • MRI-guided radiation therapy may be an option for select patients. With this new system, called ViewRay MRIdian Linac®, we can provide precise and accurate radiation treatment to the testicles. To help protect healthy tissue near cancer cells, imaging is done at the same time radiation treatment. This allows physicians to accurately target the cancer cells and use a strong dose of radiation to kill the cancer.
  • The Edge® Radiosurgery System is an advanced system that works by delivering large, targeted doses of radiation to obliterate testicular cancer cells. The Edge® uses a real-time tumor tracking system so clinicians can detect slight tumor movement. This minimizes the amount of radiation hitting surrounding healthy tissue.

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