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Are there alternative treatments for germ cell tumors?

The term "alternative" can be problematic when discussing treatments for childhood extracranial germ cell tumors. Many treatments labeled "alternative" have not been tested under the rigorous conditions of medical science, so doctors and other health professionals will not usually recommend them. A clinical trial, on the other hand, is a study in which new treatments are being tested in people. These treatments are not yet part of the standard treatment repertoire of doctors because they have not undergone enough testing. Ask your doctor about any clinical trials that may be happening in your area.

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