Testicular cancer occurs when the cells in the testicles have rapid and uncontrolled growth. This is an uncommon form of cancer and has a high cure rate if caught early. The cells may continue to multiply and spread to other parts of the body, if left untreated.

A cancer diagnosis, particularly cancer of the testicles, can be scary for men. The specialists at GW Cancer Center’s Urologic Oncology program offer the latest options for accurately diagnosing testicular cancer. We provide individualized therapies that provide the best chance for a cure.

Specialty Care for Testicular Cancer

The urologic oncology specialists at the GW Cancer Center guide you through diagnosis and treatment of testicular cancer. Every patient has different needs so we offer therapies that will result in the best possible outcomes for each individual.

Our unique program offers a full spectrum of men’s health evaluation and treatment. We encourage pre-treatment discussions about safeguarding future fertility. And we place a large emphasis on helping cancer survivors maintain their sexual function following treatment by doing a complete hormonal evaluation before cancer treatment.

Testicular Cancer Program Information

Collaborative Care
  • Patient navigators support patients who have been diagnosed with testicular cancer. Navigators steer patients through the process. They even help them with the financial aspects of a cancer diagnosis, such as working with insurers.
  • Patients who have received a diagnosis of testicular cancer should promptly consult our male fertility specialists prior to undergoing treatment. You can contact a specialist at saveyoursperm@mfa.gwu.edu and expect a prompt response. Our specialists will provide a quick evaluation and options for fertility preservation. You can then begin cancer treatment with little or no delay, confident that you have taken every step possible to allow yourself the option of children in your future.
Clinical Research

Patients in clinical trials benefit from the latest developments in the field.

GW Cancer Center partners with these organizations to offer clinical trials for patients with testicular cancer:

  • The Genitourinary Multidisciplinary D.C. Regional Oncology Project (GUMDROP)
  • The National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • The Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG)
‌Advanced Diagnosis and Treatment

GW Cancer Center offers advanced options for testicular cancer:

  • We perform partial removal of the testicle (partial orchiectomies) in men who are eligible for this procedure.
  • Our specialists offer testosterone replacement and other hormone therapies to ensure sexual health and performance after treatment.
  • We perform a specialized sperm analysis and retrieval procedure to obtain viable sperm that can be stored and used after cancer treatment is complete.
‌Leading Edge Technology

GW Cancer Center invests in state-of-the-art technologies for cancer diagnosis and treatment:

  • GW was the first in the area to use the da Vinci® robot for minimally invasive urologic surgery. We have performed the highest number of robotic cases in the greater Washington, D.C., area.

Testicular Cancer is treated within the GW Radiation Oncology & Urological Oncology Program

Radiation Oncology Machine
  • World-Renowned Patient Care
  • The GW Cancer Center’s Radiation Oncology Program is world-renowned for offering the highest level of radiation delivery and care to patients, while advancing treatments for future patients. Using state-of-the-art technologies, GW radiation oncologists deliver powerful doses of radiation directly to the tumor with exquisite precision. The approaches we use reduce the number of sessions required for radiation treatment in comparison with more conventional approaches, while also limiting side effects.

Radiation Oncology & Urological Oncology Program Information

Our radiation oncologists are committed to the practice of evidence-based medicine and continually find new and better treatment options that improve patient outcomes in the treatment of cancer. Our team works to offer the highest level of safety during every step of treatment. We collaborate closely with highly trained medical physicists in sub-specialized teams to create an individualized radiation treatment plan for every patient. Radiation therapists are present during each radiation procedure to ensure the correct dose of radiation is being delivered precisely where it's needed.

We provide patients with a wide range of radiation oncology services, including:

Our goal is to deliver high quality medical care and services to patients, to conduct clinical, translational, and basic scientific research, and to provide educational opportunities to patients, health care workers, and the community. Our dedicated, supportive staff will make you feel comfortable while you receive the personalized, world-class medical care you expect from the GW Cancer Center. Take the first step and schedule an appointment today.

Program Information

Collaborative Care
  • At GW, we have strength in our colleagues, with whom we work closely to design, optimize, and implement patient-individualized radiation therapy treatments. These include our world-class specialists in diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, surgical oncology, medical oncology and internal medicine.
  • We collaborate closely with highly trained medical physicists in sub-specialized teams to create an individualized radiation treatment plan for every patient. Radiation therapists are present during each radiation procedure to ensure the correct dose of radiation is being delivered precisely where it’s needed.
  • During treatment, we will follow your cancer treatment on a routine and as-needed basis, in order to assess treatment response, manage any and all potential side effects as well as offer any further treatments that may be beneficial. Furthermore, you can expect that our expert radiation oncologists and clinical supporting staff at GW will treat you with the utmost care and respect.
  • We also offer the services of a patient navigator who can help with care coordination, communication and many other patient needs or barriers to care.
  • Our team consists of nationally renowned specialists in medical and radiation oncology, as well as cross-disciplinary collaboration with experts from across GW.
Clinical Research
  • We are investigating approaches to combine radiation therapy with other treatment methods, including immunotherapy.
  • We are cutting-edge, pushing the clinical and technological envelope forward for the benefit of our patients.
  • We believe in developing clinical protocols to continuously improve the treatment paradigm for cancer patients everywhere.
  • We collaborate with researchers across GW to bring the latest therapies from bench to bedside.
Advanced Treatment
  • We utilize state-of-the-art radiation machines such as the TrueBeamTM STx to deliver stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT)
  • We provide patients numerous options for radiation therapy, including intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT), 3D conformal radiation therapy (3DCRT), stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and brachytherapy (interstitial, intracavitary, HDR and LDR).
  • Our radiation oncologists are committed to the practice of evidence-based medicine and continually find new and better treatment options that improve patient outcomes in the treatment of cancer. Our team works to offer the highest level of safety during every step of treatment.
  • Our dedicated staff also offer supportive care and resources throughout your time at GW.
Leading Edge Technology

The GW Cancer Center provides patients with access to the latest technology in radiation oncology, including:

  • State-of-the-art radiation machines such as the TrueBeamTM STx to deliver stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), a specialized form of radiation that precisely targets tumors
  • Systematic therapies including immunotherapy and targeted therapies (drugs that work at the molecular level to stop cancer)

Urological Oncology Program Providers

Specialty: Urology
Specialty: Urology
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Specialty: Center for Sexual Health, Prostate Cancer Clinic, Urology
Specialty: Urology
Specialty: Minimally Invasive Surgery, Robotic Surgery, Urology
Specialty: Urology
Specialty: Cancer & Blood Disorders
Specialty: Urology
Specialty: General Surgery, Transplant Services
Specialty: Breast Center, Prostate, Prostate Cancer Clinic, Radiation Oncology, Radiology
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Specialty: Urology
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Specialty: Interventional Radiology, Radiology
Specialty: Cancer & Blood Disorders
Specialty: Urology