The Testicular Cancer Resource Center

Questions for your Doctor: Your First Visit


This list of questions is intended to help you make the most of your visit to the doctor. It is not an exhaustive list of questions, so be sure to look it over before you see the doctor and add any others that might apply to your specific situation.

Now, since this list is intended to help out at the first visit to the doctor, it is a little broader in scope than the other lists. You may or may not have cancer, and the questions try to reflect that. So, if the doctor tells you that you may have cancer, then look at the first section of questions. If the doctor does not think it is cancer, be happy, but also be aware that testicular cancer is misdiagnosed as epididymitis or something similar almost 30% of the time. The questions in the second section are intended to get a little more information from the doctor as to what they think it is, and how are they going to make sure that it is not something more serious.

If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions about this list, please feel free to send me an email!


Section 1: It may be Cancer...

What and Why?

These are general questions that most people have when first confronted with a diagnosis of cancer.

Making the Diagnosis

These are more specific questions that ask about what happens next. What is the doctor going to do to verify the diagnosis? What tests are going to be done? etc. If you have already had some tests done and they show that there is cancer, then you should probably be reading the next set of questions.

What comes next?

At this point, who can say? Once the tests are done and the results are in, the doctor will have a much better idea as to what you have and how to treat it. For almost everyone, however, a diagnosis of testicular cancer is followed by surgery to remove the testicle. That surgery will be done by a urologist. Questions that you might want to ask the urologist before surgery can be found here.

If the test results show that you do NOT have testicular cancer, take a moment to celebrate! When you are done, here are a few simple questions that you might want to ask:


Section 2: I Don't Think it's Cancer...

Well, then what is it?

So the doctor has examined you and does not think that it is cancer. This is normally good news, but you have to remember that testicular cancer is relatively rare. A lot of doctors have never seen it before, and they assume that its probably something more common. It is your responsibility to make sure that the doctor is making an intelligent diagnosis. It is also your responsibility to return to the doctor if the problem does not go away like they said it would.


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