Young men who are abruptly and unexpectedly diagnosed with testicular cancer face daunting circumstances. These include a life-threatening disease, distortion of body image, disruption of normal activities, substantial resource demands, unfamiliar toxic therapy, impairment of fertility, and complex treatment options, compounded by a requirement to expeditiously initiate therapy. Frequently, patients are asked to participate in clinical research that can increase their uncertainty about the appropriate therapy. It is thus quite understandable that patients and their families can feel overwhelmed by the uncertainty brought on by a serious illness. This uncertainty can be mitigated by a sound and accurate understanding of the disease and treatment alternatives.
Obtaining an accurate, comprehensive, and meaningful understanding of a complex disease can be challenging, especially for those not experienced in seeking medical information. Fortunately, there exists a number of testicular cancer resources that supply up-to-date information and provide guidance to help facilitate decision making. This chapter will highlights these resources along with key concepts that patients should understand.
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