Radical Inguinal Orchiectomy for Testicular Cancer
Why It Is Done
Orchiectomy is always done when testicular cancer is suspected. This is because testicular lumps are often cancerous and must be removed as part of treatment. Also, performing a biopsy on a testicle before it is surgically removed can cause cancer cells to spread, making successful treatment more difficult.
Sometimes bilateral orchiectomy (removal of both testes) is needed, though this is rare.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: January 13, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology