Testicular Cancer Survival Rates

The 5-year relative survival rates compare people with the same type and stage of cancer to the general population who do not have cancer. If the 5-year survival rate is, for example, 20%, that means that people who have a specific type of cancer are 20% as likely as healthy people to live for the next 5 years after being diagnosed.

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The American Cancer Society uses the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database, of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), to provide survival statistics for different types of cancer. SEER tracks 5-year relative survival rates for testicular cancer in the US based on how far the cancer has spread. Unlike the regular stage 1, stage 2, stage 3, etc groupings, 

SEER classifies cancer according to the following stages:

LocalizedNo signs of the cancer spreading outside the testicles
RegionalCancer has spread outside the testicles to nearby lymph nodes and other structures
DistantCancer has spread to other organs of the body and distant lymph nodes

The 2012-2018 data with differentiated rates for cases is not available, likely due to the low counts of testicular cancers in the United States. However, the available data shows a very promising prognosis. The following are the 5-year relative survival rates for testicular cancer based on the latest data available from March 2023, retrieved through cancer.net:

Localized99%
Regional96%
Distant73%
All SEER stages combined95%

It is important to consider the following when interpreting these numbers:

  • These numbers only apply to the stages when the cancer was first diagnosed, not when the cancer grows, spread, or returns after treatment
  • These numbers do not take into account your overall health, genetics, personal circumstances, and treatment response. Those details can affect your survival and recovery outlook.
  • Treatments have improved over time and people today have a better outlook for recovery than people diagnosed in the past.

If cancer is caught early, you can expect a better survival and recovery rate. There can be a great difference between relative survival rates when the diagnosis is at the localized stage versus the regional and advanced stages; however, in the case of testicular cancer, the prognosis is positive for almost all stages. It is still imperative that you act quickly, especially if cancer is only in one testicle and it is still possible to preserve the other one. 

It is hard to miss signs of testicular cancer. This area is quite tender and even small injuries can cause severe discomfort that can help you seek out medical help immediately. A doctor ignoring your symptoms, misdiagnosing you with some other illness, and delaying your treatment, leading to increased risk and greater pain despite the high treatment success rate, would be the height of negligence. For younger men who still dream of having children, a misdiagnosis that leads to the need to remove both testicles due to treatment delay can be devastating. If you or a loved one believe that your doctor misdiagnosed, or delayed in diagnosing your testicular cancer due to any form of negligence, call the Porter Law Group. Our experienced trial lawyers and expert medical team can help you determine whether you can recover compensation for your pain, suffering, and medical expenses.  

Doctors have a responsibility to provide adequate care and promptly examine all possible options thoroughly with their patients. If not, they could be guilty of medical negligence.

There are three main types of negligence:

Incorrect Diagnosis

This is when a medical provider diagnoses a cancer patient with a disease other than cancer. This results in a patient not only losing resources for undergoing the wrong treatments but also in a delay in the necessary cancer treatment, which actively worsens the condition.

Delayed Diagnosis

This is when a healthcare provider fails to diagnose cancer in its early stages. It can lead to the patient requiring more intense treatment options, which not only increases the cost but like with the common radiation therapy, subjects the patient to more pain and potential side effects that would have been unnecessary had the cancer been detected earlier.

False Positive Diagnosis

This is when a patient who does not have cancer is improperly diagnosed with cancer. This can lead to a patient undergoing surgery and radiation therapy, both costly and potentially life-threatening treatments, when they didn’t even have the disease to begin with.

If you or a loved one believe your healthcare provider misdiagnosed or delayed your testicular cancer diagnosis, you may be entitled to financial compensation for your pain, discomfort, and decreased chances of survival.

If you or a loved one have suffered from a misdiagnosis or delayed diagnosis for your testicular cancer, contact us at 833-PORTER9, or e-mail us at info@porterlawteam.com to discuss the details of our experience representing other clients and the results we were able to obtain in the past for clients who are suffering as you are. In many ways, our results speak for themselves, and we will stand ready to help you and your family in your time of greatest need.

Last Updated on March 8, 2024 by Michael S. Porter
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