Laparoscopic RPLND has resulted in significantly less post-operative pain, a shorter hospital stay, earlier return to work and daily activities, a more favorable cosmetic result and outcomes similar to that of open surgery.
Testicular cancer is one of the success stories in the treatment of malignant tumors. Advances in diagnostic X-rays, radiation, and chemotherapy allow for a cure in the majority of cases. Testicular cancer usually spreads in a predictable manner, going first to the lymph nodes located behind the major organs in the abdomen.
When testis cancer is detected, removal of the testicle (orchiectomy) is first performed. This offers important information regarding the type of cancer and the risk that it may have spread. Blood work is done along with a chest X-ray or CT scan and an abdominal CT scan to determine the stage of the disease and the best treatment option.
Treatment options (depending on the stage and type of cancer) include:
Your surgeon can determine with you whether RPLND is recommended for the management of your testis cancer.