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Some testicular cancers produce chemicals known as tumour markers.
These are released into the blood and can be measured by simple blood tests. Most NSGCTs| (teratomas) and some seminomas| produce these. Not all men with testicular cancer have raised markers.
If your cancer produces markers, you’ll become familiar with having these measured. There are four main tumour markers:
Tumour markers have a number of different uses. They can be used to:
Tumour markers are measured before and usually a week after your operation. How quickly tumour marker levels fall gives doctors information about the risk of the cancer coming back. This helps them plan your treatment.
Content last reviewed: 1 August 2012
Next planned review: 2014
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