Germ Cell Tumors is a Neoplasm which obtained from germ cells. It can be characterized into cancerous or non-cancerous cell. However germ cells are found in gonads i.e. in testis and ovary. The germ cells which are present outside the gonads are the birth defects during the development of embryo.
Symptoms and Treatment
Its symptoms vary from the type of tumor and its location. However swelling of abdomen, chest pain, breathing problems, cough and fever are common in all cases. The treatment of these diseases involves the staging surgery and chemotherapy of at least 3 cycles depending upon the type of tumor.
Germ Cell Tumors causes significant morbidity and mortality worldwide. The incidence and Prevalence of this disease is varying among different populations. It is reported that, in Canada, Germ Cell Tumors affects 1-7% of the total population. This disease mainly affects the age group of 15-30 years.