The most common solid tumor in males ages 20-39 is testicular cancer. Testicular cancer is highly curable with 5-year survival rates above 96%. Long-term effects of both the testicular cancer and its treatment are important in understanding survivorship in this population. Chemotherapy poses its own specific risks such as vascular toxicity, lung disease and renal dysfunction. Also important is the understanding of fertility after testicular cancer and even prior to a cancer diagnosis patients may face issues with sperm count and testosterone level abnormalities. It is also critical to be aware of the possibility of developing a second malignancy after testicular cancer with the contralateral testis being a high-risk occurrence.
Source: Hayes-Lattin B, Nichols C. Testicular Cancer: A Prototypic Tumor of Young Adults. Semin Oncol. 2009; 36:432-438.
Cancer in adolescents and young adults (15-29 years): A population-based study in the Netherlands 1989-2009.
Acta Oncol. 2012 Aug 30;
Authors: Aben KK, van Gaal C, van Gils NA, van der Graaf WT, Zielhuis GA
Background. Cancer among adolescents and young adults (AYAs; 15-29 years old) is relatively rare but its incidence is increasing worldwide. To define the extent and nature of the AYA patients, this population-based study was performed to explore trends in cancer incidence...
The cancer is over, now what?: Understanding risk, changing outcomes.
Cancer. 2011 May 15;117(10 Suppl):2250-7
Authors: Oeffinger KC, Tonorezos ES
About 26,000 adolescents and young adults ages 15 to 29 years are...
Perceptions of masculinity and self-image in adolescent and young adult testicular cancer survivors: implications for romantic and sexual relationships.
Psychooncology. 2011 Jul;20(7):738-45
Authors: Carpentier MY, Fortenberry...
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