Chemotherapy for testicular cancer
Your oncologists may use chemotherapy after surgery to destroy any remaining testicular cancer cells. Chemotherapy may also be used to treat testicular cancer that has spread to other organs, or that has come back after surgery.
In some cases, when the cancer has returned after chemotherapy or become resistant to the therapy, a more intensive chemotherapy regimen in combination with a stem cell transplant may be recommended. If testicular cancer chemotherapy may be an option for you, your care team at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) will work together to select a recommended chemotherapy and to develop an individualized treatment plan.
High-dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplantation for testicular cancer
High-dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplantation is sometimes recommended for testicular cancer that has come back after previous chemotherapy treatment.
One of the limitations of standard chemotherapy is the effect on normal cells within the body, particularly the blood cells that play a vital role in protecting the body from infections, carrying oxygen to organs throughout the body and clotting the blood in the case of a cut. These effects normally limit the dose of the chemotherapy drug that can be used, but under certain conditions, very high doses.
In this procedure, doctors collect normal blood-forming stem cells from your bloodstream over the course of several days. These stem cells are saved and frozen. Then, after the high-dose chemotherapy is administered, you receive an infusion of your own stem cells, which settle in your bone marrow and begin making new blood cells again.
If high-dose chemotherapy for testicular cancer may be an option for you, your care team will explain the process in detail, including potential risks and benefits, and answer all of your questions so that you can make an informed decision.