The Testicular Cancer Resource Center
Your doctor may not agree with us on this one, but we think it's very important to discuss the pros and cons on this issue so you can make a decision for yourself...

Our standpoint: We feel that a measurement of your Hormone
levels is an important part of the pre-treatment TC process.

Specifically, we (and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists) recommend that the following hormones are measured in order to determine a "hormone profile"

Serum Testosterone, LH, FSH, SHBG and Prolactin

Pros: OK, we know this is not normally a life-threatening issue, but knowing your normal hormone levels can have a significant mental and physical impact down the road if you have testosterone problems after treatment. There are a couple of strong reasons why getting an initial check can help out later on:

Cons: To be fair, we will provide alternative points as to why you may not need to get a pre-IO Testosterone check. Note this does not change our recommendation, but we hope it will provide you better decision-making inputs.

This is important! Only a doctor, preferably an Endocrinologist, can diagnose these symptoms completely.
See your medical team before making any decisions or taking any medications.

What are the symptoms of low testosterone?

Source: American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists - details HERE (PDF file)

For more information, check out all the articles in the TC2 section of the TCRC as well as our hormone links page!

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