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About 1 in 50 people will get a second new testicular cancer in their remaining testicle.
For example, you may want to find out the advantages and disadvantages of particular treatments.
An orchidectomy is a surgical procedure to remove a testicle.
For stage 1 seminomas, after the testicle has been removed a single dose of chemotherapy may be given to help prevent the cancer returning.
A short course of radiotherapy is also sometimes recommended.
If only 1 testicle is removed, there should not be any lasting side effects.Your cancer team will make recommendations, but the final decision will be yours.Before discussing your treatment options with your specialist, you may find it useful to write a list of questions to ask them.Further surgery is sometimes needed after chemotherapy to remove any affected lymph nodes or deposits in the lungs or, rarely, in the liver.
Some people with stage 2 seminomas may be suitable for less intense treatment with radiotherapy, sometimes with the addition of a simpler form of chemotherapy.
If both testicles are removed (a bi-lateral orchidectomy), you'll be infertile.