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Testicular cancer - Survival rates for testicular cancer

BMJ Group Medical Reference

On this page, we look at the number of men who recover from testicular cancer. We've included these numbers because lots of men are interested in them. But remember that you are not a statistic. We can say that a certain percentage of men recover from testicular cancer, and that a small percentage die of it. But no-one can say for certain what will happen to you. Everyone is an individual.

Another thing to remember is that treatments for testicular cancer are getting better all the time. So, your chances of being cured now are probably better than when these statistics were collected. The percentage of men who recover from early-stage testicular cancer is getting close to 100 percent.[3][30]

The statistics look at the number of men who are still alive five years after being diagnosed. In practice, if you've been treated for testicular cancer and you're alive after five years, it's the same as being completely cured.

A man's chance of recovering is slightly different depending on whether he has a kind of testicular cancer called seminoma. Types of testicular cancer are divided up based on what the cancer cells look like under a microscope. For more information, see What is testicular cancer?

Seminoma

Men who have a type of testicular cancer called seminoma have a very good chance of being cured.

The statistics look at groups of men separately depending on how far their cancer has spread. For more information, see Staging testicular cancer.

  • More than 95 in 100 men who get stage 1 or stage 2 seminoma are alive five years after being diagnosed.[31]

  • About 70 in 100 men who get stage 3 seminoma are alive five years after being diagnosed.[31]

Doctors have worked out a system to predict how likely men with seminoma are to recover. They say there's either a good chance or an intermediate chance of recovering.[32]

About 9 in 10 men with seminoma will have a good chance of recovering. About 86 in 100 men who doctors say have a good outlook are alive five years later.

For about 1 in 10 men, doctors will say their outlook is intermediate. Doctors say this if a man's cancer has spread to his liver, bones, or brain. But most of these men will still be cured. About 72 in 100 men with an intermediate outlook are alive five years later.

Non-seminomas

The outlook is also very positive for men with testicular cancer that isn't seminoma (such as teratoma).

About 6 in 10 men with this kind of cancer have what doctors call a good outlook. About 92 in 100 of these men are alive five years later.[32]

Doctors say you have a good outlook if:

  • The main tumour is in one of your testicles or in the area behind your bowels

  • The cancer hasn't spread to any of your organs except your lungs

  • You have small amounts of several chemicals in your blood. These are chemicals that your body may make more of if you have testicular cancer. For more information, see How do doctors diagnose testicular cancer?

Last Updated: June 22, 2012
This information does not replace medical advice.  If you are concerned you might have a medical problem please ask your Boots pharmacy team in your local Boots store, or see your doctor.
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