Testicular Cancer Stories | The Patient Story

Testicular Cancer Stories

Explore below for in-depth testicular cancer stories from patients and survivors who share everything from first symptoms, treatment timeline, to navigating life with cancer.

Testicular cancer most often begins in germ cells (cells that make sperm). It is rare and is most frequently diagnosed in men 20-34 years old. Most testicular cancers can be cured, even if diagnosed at an advanced stage. (National Cancer Institute)

Patient Stories

Explore the stories and hear directly from the men who’ve been diagnosed with testicular cancer and have undergone various types of treatment, including orchiectomy, reconstruction, chemotherapy, radiation, and hormone therapy.

We’ve categorized the stories according to the major subtypes, including seminoma and non-seminoma.


Testicular Cancer Stories: Seminoma, Stage 1 | Rick’s Patient Story

Rick H., Seminoma, Stage 1

Age at Diagnosis: 34
1st Symptoms: Noticed one testicle larger than the other, dull pain
Treatment: Orchiectomy (surgical removal of one testicle), neoadjuvant chemo (1 infusion of Carboplatin)


Testicular Cancer Stories: Non-Seminoma, Stage 1 | Mikael’s Patient Story

Mikael H., Non-Seminoma, Stage 1

Age at Diagnosis: 32
1st Symptoms: Fatigue, one swollen testicle
Treatment: Surgery (removal and reconstruction), radiation, hormone therapy
Testicular Cancer Stories: Non-Seminoma Germ Cell, Stage 3C

Steve L., Non-Seminoma, Stage 4

Age at Diagnosis: 25
1st Symptoms:
Grape-sized tumor on neck; hip and pelvis pain; ultrasound revealed tumor on right testicle
Chemotherapy (BEP), removal of right testicle, lymph node resection (RPLND), and tumor dissection in the neck
Testicular Cancer Stories: Embryonal Carcinoma, Non-Seminoma, Stage 2B | Hugo Toovey

Hugo T., Non-Seminoma, Stage 2B

Age at Diagnosis: 21
1st Symptoms:
Pea-sized lump on right testicle
Treatment: Surgical removal of right testicle, lymph node resection, chemotherapy

Testicular Cancer Stories: Stage 3C, Non-Seminoma | Matthew’s Patient Story

Matthew O., Non-Seminoma, Stage 3C

Age Diagnosed: 24
1st Symptoms: Fatigue, one swollen testicle
Treatment: BEP chemotherapy, surgeries (including complications)

Testicular Cancer General Information

Most Popular Treatments

BEP Chemotherapy
RPLND Surgery