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Fertility after Unilateral Orchidectomy and Radiotherapy for Patients with Malignant Tumours of the Testis

Br Med J 1973; 4 doi: (Published 13 October 1973) Cite this as: Br Med J 1973;4:77
  1. D. W. Smithers,
  2. D. M. Wallace,
  3. D. E. Austin


    The results of treatment for patients with seminoma of the testis by orchidectomy and irradiation are so satisfactory that retroperitoneal lymph node dissection is no longer practised. However, this operation is still used routinely in some centres for patients with testicular teratomas despite the lack of evidence that it gives better results than those obtained with irradiation followed by removal of lymphographically demonstrable residual tumour and in the face of the high incidence of ejaculatory impotence which follows. On grounds of preservation of sexual function and fertility there is a great advantage to be gained from the latter form of treatment. Thirty-four of our patients between the ages of 25 and 45 years treated by irradiation to the para-aortic and iliac nodes for testicular tumours fathered 52 children to term after their treatment.