Jefferson University Hospitals

Orchiectomy

If you have been diagnosed with testicular or prostate cancer, our highly skilled urologic surgeons may recommend an orchiectomy to remove one or both of your testicles.

What Does Orchiectomy Involve?

While the orchiectomy procedure itself will not cure prostate cancer, it may prolong your survival.

The testicles produce testosterone which prostate cancer needs to continue growing and spreading. While the removal of the testicles will not cure prostate cancer, it may prolong your survival.

Why Choose Jefferson for an Orchiectomy? 

If you have been diagnosed with testicular or prostatecancer, it is important to have this treated as quickly as possible as 95% of testicular tumors are malignant and you want to prevent the spread of the cancer.

There are clearly emotional challenges attached to procedures like an orchiectomy. At Jefferson, we understand that there may be both psychological and emotional issues you may need to deal with once the procedure is complete. The Marcus Institute of Integrative Health has a Cancer Care Program where you can find emotional and spiritual support.

A Cancer Support Network

The Kimmel Cancer Center can provide you and your family a support network that includes specially trained nurses, educators, fellow patients and cancer survivors. Among the wide variety of support programs offered at Jefferson is our Buddy Program, which matches cancer patients with trained volunteer cancer survivors who have been through treatment themselves. These volunteers provide one-on-one support either over the telephone or on-site.