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Genetics & Molecular Biology

Genetics & Molecular Biology

Journal of Stem Cell Research & Therapy

Author(s): Aude Flchon, Stphane Culine, JeanPierre Droz

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More than 90% of patients with advanced germ cell tumors (GCT) are curable since the introduction of cisplatin-based chemotherapy, but only half of them with poor-risk characteristics and less than a quarter after the first relapse are cured by conventional chemotherapy. In this review, we have studied the results of dose-intensity in conventional chemotherapy and high-dose chemotherapy (HDCT) in the treatment of GCT patients. In first line, only one randomized trial of HDCT was performed and no benefit was demonstrated. One US randomized trial is ongoing. In first salvage treatment, no randomized trial was performed, and a European trial (IT94) is ongoing. In the refractory situation, there is no indication of high-dose chemotherapy. In conclusion, high-dose chemotherapy is not a standard treatment for different situations. New strategies are needed to improve the survival rate of poor prognosis germ cell tumor patients.

This article was published in Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. and referenced in Journal of Stem Cell Research & Therapy

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