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How does extracranial germ cell tumor (childhood) affect the body?

Germ cell cancers may travel to other places in the body, often the abdomen, lymph nodes, liver, bone, or lung. If it moves to organ of the body other than the brain, it is referred to as extracranial. Left untreated long enough to progress, germ cell cancer in the ovaries may cause anemia, weight loss, or hormonal imbalance, resulting in excessive growth of the uterine lining and body hair, enlargement of the breasts, and hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid).

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