Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Long-term outlook of a child with a germ cell tumor

Prognosis greatly depends on:

  • Extent of the disease.
  • Size and location of the tumor. 
  • Presence or absence of metastasis. 
  • Tumor’s response to therapy. 
  • Age and overall health of your child.
  • Your child’s tolerance of specific medications, procedures or therapies. 
  • New developments in treatment.

As with any cancer, prognosis and long-term survival can vary greatly from individual to individual. Prompt medical attention and aggressive therapy are important for the best prognosis. Continuous follow-up care is essential for a child diagnosed with a germ cell tumor. Side effects of radiation and chemotherapy, as well as second malignancies, can occur in survivors of germ cell tumors. New methods are continually being discovered to improve treatment and to decrease side effects.