What to Expect at Your First Testicular Cancer Appointment
We want you to feel prepared for your first appointment.
It’s normal to have questions or be concerned after receiving a diagnosis of testicular cancer. But you won’t be alone on your journey.
What should I expect from my first appointment?
It’s important that you understand your diagnosis and treatment options. This information is crucial to the choices you will make for your care. During your clinic-based appointment, your testicular cancer team will talk you and your loved ones through the process and answer any questions you may have.
To feel comfortable and well-prepared for your first visit, we ask that you bring:
- Medical records and images related to your testicular cancer diagnosis on CD, DVD, or other media, if you are new patient to Henry Ford
- Directions for driving and parking
- Sweater and comfortable clothing
- Snacks and drinks (Places to eat are available on our campus.)
- Magazines or a book to read
- Cell phone, mobile device, or laptop (Free wireless service is available.)
How is my testicular cancer treatment plan created?
Deciding the best course of action for treating testicular cancer and managing your unique needs requires knowledge and experience.
Our experts will closely review and discuss your case at our weekly tumor board meeting to develop a treatment plan that is unique to your diagnosis and health needs. Our tumor board includes specialists from several medical fields:
- Medical oncology
- Radiation oncology
- Clinical trials
- Nurse navigators
- Fertility preservation
- Social workers and other supportive oncology specialists
After preparing your treatment plan, our nurse navigators will help arrange all your necessary appointments. Your testicular cancer nurse navigator is available anytime to answer your questions or help schedule appointments. Your nurse navigator is most often able to return your phone call within the same day.
What questions should I ask my testicular cancer doctors?
As you prepare for your first appointment, consider asking the following questions of your testicular cancer care team:
- What type of testicular cancer do I have?
- What stage is my cancer, and how does that affect my treatment options?
- Do I need more tests?
- How soon should I begin treatment?
- How should I prepare for treatment?
- What are my fertility preservation options?
- How might my life change after treatment?