Both drug and radiation therapy cause side effects to a varying degree. It is usually necessary to provide supportive care to reduce the side effects.
Drug therapy can cause
- Nausea to varying degrees. Good prophylaxis and treatment is critical. See procedure.
- Febrile neutropenia due to a reduced immune system. Fever is often the only symptom. See procedure.
- Need for transfusions of SAG thrombocytes.
Radiation therapy can cause
If possible, all patients should be offered sperm baking if they will undergo treatment that will compromise their fertility. Chemotherapy reduces the quality of sperm, but this usually normalizes after 1-2 years. About 71% of all testicular cancer patients are able to have children after their first treatment (9). See procedure.