alexa A review of second-line chemotherapy and prognostic models for disseminated germ cell tumors
Genetics & Molecular Biology

Genetics & Molecular Biology

Journal of Stem Cell Research & Therapy

Author(s): Martin H Voss, Darren R Feldman, George J Bosl

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Despite an excellent prognosis even for patients with disseminated disease, about 20% to 30% of men with advanced germ cell tumors are refractory to first-line chemotherapy or experience disease recurrence after an initial remission with such treatment. Many of these are cured with conventional dose cisplatin/ifosfamide-based regimen or high-dose chemotherapy with stem cell rescue. Controversy exists regarding the optimal choice between these 2 second-line approaches, and available data for each is reviewed here. Clinical factors can help prognosticate patients, and recently an international effort developed a prognostic model for the second-line setting that can be universally applied in future studies.

This article was published in Hematol Oncol Clin North Am and referenced in Journal of Stem Cell Research & Therapy

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