Testicular mesothelioma is the rarest type of mesothelioma, with fewer than one hundred cases reported to date. It occurs on the tunica vaginalis, the lining that protects the testicles by pouching out from the peritoneum in a double layer.
Malignant mesothelioma primarily affects people over the age of 55, and three-fourths of mesothelioma diagnoses occur in people over the age of 65. Testicular mesothelioma, however, affects people in a wide age range, from children to elderly men. Most cases of testicular mesothelioma occur at around 50 years of age.
What Are the Symptoms of Testicular Mesothelioma?
Very often, the only symptom of testicular mesothelioma is a lump in the testicles. Because the symptoms of mesothelioma are so easily attributable to a variety of diseases, testicular mesothelioma may not be diagnosed until the disease is in an advanced stage. Diagnosing testicular mesothelioma typically involves surgical biopsy of the testicular lump; however, color Doppler sonography has also been found to be useful in diagnosing this disease.
How is Testicular Mesothelioma Treated?
Testicular mesothelioma is aggressive, and can quickly spread to nearby organs, lymph nodes, the chest cavity, the lungs, and the brain. Sadly, most patients with this mesothelioma type die two years after their diagnosis.
Treatment for testicular mesothelioma depends on the stage of the disease. In its early stages, surgery can be used to remove cancerous growths along with radiation and chemotherapy to ensure the cancer does not grow back.
In the later stages of testicular mesothelioma, the goal is typically symptom relief versus a cure. Surgery may be used along with other traditional protocols to eliminate as much of the cancerous mass as possible. Supportive and hospice care may also be recommended to help make the testicular mesothelioma patient as comfortable as possible during his remaining days. Many doctors encourage their patients to enroll in clinical trials in order to take advantage of cutting-edge testicular mesothelioma treatments currently under development.
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