What is Testicular Mesothelioma?
Testicular mesothelioma is a cancer that develops in the lining of the testicle. It is the rarest type of mesothelioma diagnosed. Less than 1% of all cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed as testicular mesothelioma. Generally, a patient is given a survival length of 23 months or less, but there have been patients who have lived much longer.
What are Testicular Mesothelioma Symptoms?
Since testicular mesothelioma is such a rare type of mesothelioma the symptoms are misdiagnosed as common ailments for that region of the body. The one symptom that tends to raise red flags is the build-up of fluid around the testicle in the scrotum. Here are symptoms:
- Fluid build-up in scrotum
- Lumps in scrotum
- Pain in testicle area
How Is This Cancer Diagnosed?
Since mesothelioma is a rare cancer it is not readily seen by physicians. Testicular mesothelioma symptoms raise red flags for the patient, that something may be wrong. When those symptoms don’t go away, they dig deeper to find out what is wrong. During the discovery process your physician will learn about your medical history, occupation history and if you know that you were exposed to asbestos it is important to provide that information. This type of malignant mesothelioma is generally only properly diagnosed if it is found during surgery after the affected tissue is biopsied.
How Do Your Treat Testicular Mesothelioma?
A mesothelioma specialist will usually recommend surgery if the testicular mesothelioma is caught in an early stage. The latency period of mesothelioma can last multiple decades and the symptoms tend to mirror normal illness and ailments so catching it in its early stages is rare. A surgeon will remove part of a testicle or a whole testicle to get rid of the affected area.
Chemotherapy is used in conjunction with surgery to prevent the spread or re-occurrence of testicular mesothelioma.
Radiation is used in conjunction with surgery to prevent the spread or re-occurrence of testicular mesothelioma.
What is the Prognosis?
Like all cancers the sooner it can be diagnosed the better your prognosis will be. The treatment options, if diagnosed in Stage I and II, are more effective than treatment options for cancer diagnosed in Stage III and IV. This is a very aggressive form of cancer, but since it is very rare there is not a lot of data on the prognosis of those diagnosed with testicular mesothelioma.