In most hospitals a team of specialists will talk to you about the treatment they feel is best for your situation.
This multidisciplinary team (MDT) will include a:
- surgeon - who specialises in testicular cancers
- medical oncologist - a chemotherapy specialist
- clinical oncologist - a radiotherapy and chemotherapy specialist
- nurse specialist.
The team may also include other healthcare professionals, such as a dietitian, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, psychologist or counsellor.
The MDT will take a number of factors into account when advising you on the best course of treatment, including your general health, the type and size of the tumour, and whether it has begun to spread. Your doctors may ask you to choose what you want to do, such as whether to have adjuvant treatment or surveillance. Sometimes people find it hard to make a decision like this. Make sure that you have enough information about the different options, what is involved and the possible side effects. This will help you decide on the right treatment for you.
Remember to ask questions about anything that you don’t understand or feel worried about. It may help to discuss the benefits and disadvantages of each option with your cancer specialist, nurse specialist or with our cancer support specialists on 0808 808 00 00.
It often helps to make a list of questions and to take a relative or close friend with you.
You can find more information about making treatment decisions on our website.