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How are ovarian germ cell tumors staged?

Ovarian germ cell tumors are staged from I to IV, where stage I represents early cancer that has not spread and stage IV represents late stage cancer that has spread to distant organs. Staging requires a careful examination of the primary tumor, its size, and whether it extends to outside the ovary. Doctors also examine nearby lymph nodes in order to assess the presence and extent of lymphatic spread. The doctor may withdraw fluid from your abdomen and test it for malignant cells. Finally, doctors must determine whether your cancer has metastasized, or spread to distant organs.

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