Tests for testicular cancer

You usually start by seeing your GP if you have symptoms. They examine you and might refer you for tests or to a testicular cancer specialist (urologist).

You might have one or more of these tests to diagnose testicular cancer and to find out whether it has spread (the stage). And you might have further tests throughout and after treatment to see how it is working.

Blood tests for testicular cancer

Blood tests can check for proteins called tumour markers. These help diagnose testicular cancer and monitor how well treatment works.

Ultrasound scan for testicular cancer

Ultrasound scans use high frequency sound waves to create a picture of a part of the body.

MRI scan for testicular cancer

MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. It uses magnetism and radio waves to create cross sectional pictures of the body. 

Removing a testicle (orchidectomy) for testicular cancer

The surgeon usually removes your testicle to diagnose the cancer. The operation is called an orchidectomy.

CT scan for testicular cancer

 A CT scan is a test that uses x-rays and a computer to create detailed pictures of the inside of your body. 

Last reviewed: 
06 Feb 2022
Next review due: 
06 Feb 2025
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