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How do I prepare for an appointment about a germ cell tumor?

Before you meet with your doctor about possible symptoms of a childhood extracranial germ cell tumor, it helps to write down all symptoms that you have been experiencing, when they started, and how they have changed or worsened. Also write down questions to ask your doctor, especially questions about how your symptoms will be diagnosed, and if a diagnosis determines an extracranial germ cell tumor, questions about where the tumor is, how big it is, how your doctor will treat it, and what your prognosis (chance of recovery) is. If you are a child or teenager, have your parents help you come up with questions to ask and accompany you to your appointment. They may be better able to understand some of the information your doctor gives you. Finally, make sure that the doctor with whom you meet has access to your full medical history before your appointment.

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