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Resources and support

Organisations, support groups, videos and books to help you cope with testicular cancer.

Support organisations

These organisations give you support through all stages of testicular cancer and its treatment. 

Cancer Research UK is the largest cancer research organisation in the world outside the USA. We are the European leader in the development of new anti-cancer drugs. We fund research on all aspects of the disease from its causes, to treatment and prevention, education and psychological support for patients.

We are also committed to producing high quality information for people affected by cancer, health professionals and the general public. We do this through the About Cancer pages on our website, our news and resources, and our range of health awareness leaflets.

Cancer Chat is our free online discussion forum for people affected by cancer. It is a safe space to talk to other people in similar situations, and find information and support.

If you have a question about cancer, you can contact our team of specialist cancer information nurses. Call free on 0808 800 4040, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.  To talk in your preferred language, ask for our interpreting service. Or you can send us a question on-line.

Orchid hosts a forum for people affected by men's cancers.

Tel: 0808 802 0010 (helpline) or 0203 745 7310

Telephone helpline and online advice on all medical and healthcare matters.

Tel: 020 8994 9874 (6pm to 8pm)

Macmillan Cancer Support is a charity that gives practical, medical and financial support to people with cancer. Its helpline gives guidance on cancer and advice on benefits. Macmillan Cancer Support also publishes booklets about cancer and treatments.

Tel: 0808 808 0000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm; information available in other languages)
Textphone: 0808 808 0121

The National Cancer Institute is the US organisation for cancer research. It has information about all types of cancer. 

Tel: 020 7612 0370

A national charity providing specialist units, support, education and information for teenagers with cancer and their families.

The Teenage Cancer Trust also funds research into young people's cancers. It holds annual conferences for teenagers with cancer and the health professionals who look after them.

Videos of people's stories

Hear what it's like to live with and beyond cancer, from people who've shared their personal stories on film.

Healthtalk has an online library of interviews with people who have lived for 5 years or more after a cancer diagnosis. See what they say about lifestyle choices, physical effects, work, family and more. 

Help with sex life and relationships


Offers private and confidential counselling, and psychosexual therapy to help with relationship problems.

Tel: 0300 100 1234

Switchboard LGBT+ helpline

A helpline for lesbians and gay men, and their families and friends, giving advice, information and referrals.

Tel: 0300 330 0630 (10am - 10pm every day)

Switchboard LGBT+ helpline website


It's not about the bike: my journey back to life
Lance Armstrong
Yellow Jersey Press, May 2001
ISBN 0224060872

The story of how the cyclist Lance Armstrong overcame testicular cancer and went on to win the Tour de France. The book covers his treatment and how cancer affected his life, up to his recovery and the birth of his son.

Every second counts
Lance Armstrong
Broadway Books, July 2004
ISBN 9780767914482

The continuation of Lance Armstrong's story of overcoming testicular cancer.

Haynes Owner's Workshop Manual – Man: The Definitive Step by Step Guide to Men's Health (2nd edition)
Dr Ian Banks
J.H. Haynes & Co Ltd, 2007
ISBN 1844256162

Written by a doctor, the Haynes Workshop Manual is an optimistic book, featuring hints and tips for a healthy lifestyle as well as easy to understand information on cancers affecting men.

The Which? Guide to Men's Health (4th edition)
Dr Steve Carroll
Which? Books, 2003
ISBN 0852029594

A general guide including information on how the male body works and common health problems in men. It covers physical, sexual and emotional health including coping with stress, and there is a small section on testicular cancer. There is also a useful list of self-help groups.

Looking After My Balls
Sheila Hollins and Justin Wilson. Illustrated by Beth Webb
Gaskell, June 2004
ISBN 1904671055
Paperback, £10.00

This book is for people with a learning disability. There is information about reading material for people with learning disabilities and cancer in our question and answer section. The book covers testicular self examination, seeing your GP, looking after your testicles and early investigations that you may need if your doctor thinks you could have a problem with them. It doesn’t have information on testing for cancer or treatment for testicular cancer. You can obtain a copy of this book from The Royal College of Psychiatrists website.

Men's Private Parts: A pocket reference to prostate, urologic and sexual health
James Gilbaugh
Simon and Schuster, 2008
ISBN 0743213440

A general guide to men's health issues, including common fears and anxieties and guidelines for maintaining good health.

Together we will win
Karen A WcWhirt
Outskirts Press, 2010
ISBN 9781432748678

The personal story of a 19 year old American man who was diagnosed with advanced testicular cancer and died. It tells of how difficult the treatment was for him. He asked his mother to write the book so that other men would be more aware of testicular cancer and could avoid going through what he had to do.

Everyone's Guide to Cancer Therapy (revised 5th edition)
Malin Dollinger, Ernest H Rosenbaum and Andrew H Ko
Publishers: Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2008
ISBN-13: 978-0740768576

Covers how cancer is diagnosed, treated and managed day to day.

Coping with Chemotherapy
Dr Terry Priestman
Sheldon Press, 2009
ISBN-13: 978-1847090805

Gives information about chemotherapy, its side effects, and how to cope with them. Also discusses the effect of chemotherapy on everyday life. This includes tiredness, sex life, and fertility, social life, work, holidays, exercise and diet.

Coping with Radiotherapy
Dr Terry Priestman
Sheldon Press, 2007
ISBN-13: 978-0859699990

Gives information about radiotherapy, its side effects, and how to cope with them. Also discusses the effect of radiotherapy on everyday life. This includes social life, work, travel, exercise and diet.

100 Questions and Answers about Cancer Symptoms and Cancer Treatment Side Effects (2nd edition)
Joanne Frankel Kelvin and Leslie B Tyson
Publishers: Jones and Bartlett Publishing, 2010
ISBN: 978-0763777609

An American book that gives both doctor’s and patient’s views on coping with the symptoms of cancer and the side effects of treatment. It has information about treatment for pain, nausea, tiredness and other symptoms.

How to eat well when you have cancer
Jane Freeman Sheldon Press, 2012
ISBN: 978-1- 84709-141- 3

Written by a cancer dietitian, this is a practical nutritional handbook for people with cancer. Filled with helpful tips and recipes.

Complete Guide to Nutrition for Cancer Patients: Eating Well, Staying Well During and After Cancer (2nd edition)
Abby Bloch, Barbara Grant, Kathryn Hamilton and Cynthia Thomson
Publisher: American Cancer Society, 2009
ISBN: 978-0944235782

An American book but most of the information is relevant to the UK. It covers issues such as preventing weight loss and coping with dehydration, fatigue, and infection. It also discusses eating problems and digestion issues, such as swallowing problems, feeling sick and dealing with mouth sores. Focuses on survivorship and how to eat well after treatment.

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Last reviewed: 
22 Sep 2014

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