Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

Treatment for germ cell tumors

Specific treatment for germ cell tumors will be determined by your child’s physician based on:

  • Your child’s age, overall health and medical history.
  • Extent of the disease.
  • Your child’s tolerance for specific medications, procedures or therapies.
  • Expectations for the course of the disease.
  • Your opinion or preference.

Treatment may include (alone or in combination) the following methods:

  • Surgery – to remove tumor and involved organs.
  • Chemotherapy.
  • Radiation.
  • Bone marrow transplantation.
  • Supportive care – for the effects of treatment.
  • Hormonal replacement – if necessary.
  • Antibiotics – to prevent/treat infections.
  • Continuous follow-up care – to determine response to treatment, detect recurrent disease and manage the late effects of treatment.