IMPACT OF DELAY IN DIAGNOSIS ON CLINICAL STAGE OF TESTICULAR CANCER Academic Article Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 12
  • Cisplatin
  • Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
  • Pluripotent Stem Cells
  • Testicular Neoplasms

abstract

  • Of 335 patients with germ-cell testicular cancer, 87·5% of the patients had symptoms related to the testis. Only 40% of the patients saw a physician within 2 weeks. Similarly, testicular signs were present in more than 90% of patients, but in only 61% of patients was a correct diagnosis made within 2 weeks of the initial physician visit. The length of the patient-related and physician-related delay was directly related to the clinical stage of the cancer at diagnosis. The median patient-plus-physician delay for stage I was 75 days, for stage II, 101 days, and for stage III, 134 days (p=0·017). Education programmes for the public and for physicians are needed to reduce delay in diagnosing testicular cancer. © 1981.

publication date

  • October 31, 1981

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/S0140-6736(81)91165-X

PubMed ID

  • 6117736

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 970

end page

  • 3

volume

  • 318

number

  • 8253