Surgery to remove a testicle (orchidectomy) for prostate cancer
An orchidectomy is an operation to remove the testicles. A subcapsular orchidectomy is an operation to remove part of the testicles. The aim of this type of surgery is to reduce the level of the hormone testosterone in the body. It is not commonly done. It is more common to use hormonal therapy drugs to lower testosterone. But it may be an option if you find it hard to have regular injections or to take tablets every day. It is as effective as other hormonal treatments. You can have the operation as a day patient.
The operation cannot be reversed, which can be upsetting. It causes most of the same side effects you get with other hormonal therapy drugs. It is important to talk it over carefully with your doctor and nurse.
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