Twenty-eight patients with stage-III testicular tumors seen between 1979 and 1984 were analyzed for the effect of delay on diagnosis and chemotherapy and prognosis. A statistically significant relation was determined between the symptom-diagnosis interval and extent of the disease. The complete response (CR) rate was 67% for patients treated within 6 months of symptoms, on the contrary only 16% of patients with interval longer than 6 months to treatment had CR (p < 0.05). We believe that delay in diagnosis and chemotherapy may affect the response to treatment. Health education of the male population for self-examination of the testes is an important factor for minimizing this delay.

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