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How do medications treat extragonadal germ cell tumors?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

The only medications prescribed to treat extragonadal germ cell tumors are chemotherapy drugs. These drugs travel your body, killing cancer cells that cross their paths. Unfortunately, since chemotherapy drugs disrupt cell growth (overactive growth is one feature of cancer cells), they can adversely affect normal cells whose growth is necessary for the proper functioning of your body. This scattershot approach results in side effects such as hair loss, fatigue, fatigue, and vomiting.

New chemotherapy drugs mitigate this problem by targeting specific places in the body that a particular cancerous tumor needs to acquire nutrients for growth, leaving other systems in the body less affected.

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