This health video shows you how to improve your life after surviving testicular Cancer.
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Jennifer Matthews: For 24 years, Urologist Marc Goldstein has encountered his share of suspicious testicular masses -- all requiring the same treatment. Dr. Marc Goldstein: We didn't know if they were benign or malignant until after the testicle was removed. Now, we know that at least a quarter of the tumors that we're removing are benign. Jennifer Matthews: To prevent doing the severe procedure unnecessarily, Doctor Goldstein combined two common surgical methods. Dr. Marc Goldstein: Why can't we use needles to find these tiny tumors that we're picking up now on ultrasound and then use the microscope to be able to find them and remove them and thereby not have to remove the testicle -- just remove the tumor. Jennifer Matthews: Doctor Goldstein says it makes a big difference for men who want to have children. Dr. Marc Goldstein: We're both saving the patient's life because we're curing him of his cancer, and we're giving him the opportunity to create new life in the future. Jennifer Matthews: John Cregg is one of those who benefited. His tumor was benign, but he was still worried about his fertility. John Cregg: In terms of sperm count and the possibility that I would have lost a lot of it by losing a testicle, it was very important. Jennifer Matthews: John opted for the new surgery. He now has no complications. He also has Jack. John Cregg: Thankfully, he looks like his mother, and he's a real joy, a blessing, and I'm happy to have him. Jennifer Matthews: This is Jennifer Matthews reporting.
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