Advertisement

What is an extragonadal germ cell tumor?

An extragonadal germ cell tumor is a tumor of cells that would have become eggs or sperm. The term germ cell refers to a cell that will eventually become sperm in males or eggs in females. Germ cells develop in the testicles in males and in the ovaries in females. Germ cell tumors form when germ cell DNA is corrupted, causing germ cells to grow out of control and form clumps called tumors. Germ cells may move to other locations in the body before clumping into tumors. These tumors are referred to as extragonadal because they are outside the gonads, or reproductive organs.

Continue Learning about Germ Cell Cancers

How do I prepare for an appointment about a germ cell tumor?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
Before you meet with your doctor about possible symptoms of a childhood extracranial germ cell tumor...
More Answers
How do I manage my germ cell tumors on a daily basis?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
To improve your chances of recovery, follow your treatment schedule for your extracranial germ cell ...
More Answers
How is a stage IV germ cell tumor treated?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
A stage IV germ cell tumor has spread beyond the abdominal cavity. Treatment of a stage IV dysgermin...
More Answers
Are there side effects of germ cell tumor removal surgery?
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
Side effects of childhood extracranial germ cell tumor removal surgery depend on the sex of the pati...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.