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Survival statistics for testicular cancer

Survival statistics for testicular cancer are very general estimates and must be interpreted very carefully. Because these statistics are based on the experience of groups of people, they cannot be used to predict a particular person’s chances of survival.

There are many different ways to measure and report cancer survival statistics. Your doctor can explain the statistics for testicular cancer and what they mean to you.

Relative survival

Relative survival looks at how likely people with cancer are to survive after their diagnosis compared to people in the general population who do not have cancer but who share similar characteristics (such as age and sex).

In Canada, a 5-year relative survival statistic is reported for testicular cancer. The 5-year relative survival for testicular cancer is 97%. This means that, on average, men diagnosed with testicular cancer are 97% as likely to live 5 years after their diagnosis as people in the general population.

Survival by stage

Testicular cancer often responds well to cancer treatments and has a very good outcome. Survival varies with each stage of testicular cancer. The following factors can also affect survival for testicular cancer. Generally, the earlier testicular cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better the outcome.

There are no specific Canadian statistics available for the different stages of testicular cancer. The following information comes from a variety of sources and may include statistics from other countries. Survival statistics for testicular cancer are grouped by where the cancer has spread.

Testicular cancer survival

Stage5-year relative survival

localized

The cancer is only in the testicle.

99%

regional

The cancer has spread to lymph nodes near the testicle.

96%

distant

The cancer has spread to organs or lymph nodes farther from the testicle (such as the lungs).

74%

Questions about survival

People with cancer should talk to their doctor about their prognosis. Prognosis depends on many factors, including:

  • your medical history
  • type of cancer
  • stage
  • characteristics of the cancer
  • treatments chosen
  • response to treatment

Only a doctor familiar with these factors can put all of this information together with survival statistics to arrive at a prognosis.

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