Tumor - Leydig cell; Testicular tumor
Treatment of a Leydig cell tumor depends on its stage.
Surgery is done to remove the testicle (orchiectomy), and it may also remove nearby lymph nodes (lymphadenectomy).
Chemotherapy uses drugs such as cisplatin, bleomycin, and etoposide to kill cancer cells. Because Leydig cell tumors are rare, these treatments have not been studied as well as they have for other, more common testicular cancers.
Joining a support group where members share common experiences and problems can often help ease the stress of illness. Your local branch of the American Cancer Society may have a support group. See:
Lance Armstrong, a famous cyclist, is a survivor of testicular cancer. His web site --
The National Cancer Institute website also provides further information:
Testicular cancer is one of the most treatable and curable cancers.
Testicular cancer may spread to other parts of the body. The most common sites include the:
Complications of surgery can include:
If you are of childbearing age, ask your doctor about methods to save your sperm for use at a later date.
Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of testicular cancer.
Einhorn LH. Testicular cancer. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier;2007:chap 210.
National Cancer Institute.
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