Testicular cancer resources and support organisations

There are lots of organisations, support groups, books, videos and other resources to help you cope with testicular cancer and its treatment. 

Cancer Research UK information and support

Cancer Research UK is the largest cancer research organisation in the world outside the USA. We fund research on all aspects of cancer from its causes to prevention and treatment.

We are committed to producing high quality information for people affected by cancer.  As well as looking at the information on this website you can call our nurse freephone helpline on 0808 800 4040. They are available from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Or you can send us a question online.

Cancer Chat is our online forum where you can share experiences.

Support organisations

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

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

Tel: 0808 802 0010 (helpline) or 0203 745 7310
Email: nurse@orchid-cancer.org.uk

The Medical Advisory Service provides a telephone helpline and online advice on all medical and healthcare matters.

Tel: 020 8994 9874 (6pm to 8pm weekdays Monday to Friday)

Email: office@medicaladvisoryservice.org.uk

Macmillan Cancer Support is a charity that gives practical, medical and financial support to people with cancer in the UK. Its helpline gives guidance on cancer and advice on benefits. It also publishes booklets about cancer and treatments. Information is available in other languages.

Freephone: 0808 808 00 00 (7 days a week, 8am to 8pm)
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The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the US organisation for cancer research. It has information about all types of cancer. 

Tel: 020 7612 0370
Email: hello@teenagecancertrust.org

Teenage Cancer Trust is a national charity providing specialist units, expert staff, support events, education and information for 13 to 24 year old’s diagnosed with cancer, and their friends and families.

The Teenage Cancer Trust also work closely with healthcare professionals and researchers to lead the way on developing cancer care for teenagers and young adults.

Videos of people's stories

Hear what it's like to live with and beyond cancer, from people who have 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

Relate

Relate offers private and confidential counselling, and psychosexual therapy to help with relationship problems. They provide counselling over the phone, through a webcam or face to face at a Relate centre. They also have live chat on their website.

Booking line: 0300 003 0396 (Monday-Thursday: 8am to 8pm,  Friday: 8am to 6pm, Saturday: 9am to 1pm)

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

Books about testicular cancer and treatment

Lance Armstrong
Yellow Jersey, 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.

L Armstrong and S Jenkins
Broadway Books, 2004
ISBN 9780767914482

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

Dr Ian Banks
J.H. Haynes & Co Ltd, 2012
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.

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.

S Hollins and J Wilson
Beyond Words, 2004
ISBN 1904671055

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.

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.

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.

Books about cancer

A Ko, E Rosenbaum and M Dollinger
Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2009
ISBN 9780740786310

The author and contributors of this book are all American cancer specialists. The book covers how cancer is diagnosed, treated and managed day to day.

Dr Terry Priestman
Sheldon Press, 2009
ISBN 978-1847090805

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

Dr Terry Priestman
Sheldon Press, 2007
ISBN 9780859699990

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

J F Kelvin and L B Tyson
Jones and Bartlett Publishing, 2010
ISBN 978-0763777609

An American book which 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.

Jane Freeman
Sheldon Press, 2012
ISBN 9781847091413

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

A Bloch and others
American Cancer Society, 2010
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.

Find local cancer information and support

The NHS website helps you to find local cancer information and support in England.

Last reviewed: 
17 Dec 2021
Next review due: 
17 Dec 2024

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