What is the incidence for extragonadal germ cell tumors?

Very low. Compared to the gonadal germ cell tumors. The most common locations are the mediastinum, the pineal gland in the brain and the abdomen.

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Extragonadal germ cell tumor?

The gonads produce. Sperm in men (&testosterone) and eggs/ova in women (& estrogens), and these are also the sites of germ cell tumors. Outside the gonads, the mediastinum and brain (pineal) are the most common extragonadal sites. These are known to produce markers (hcg, alphafeto-protein) and responsve and curable with chemotherapy. Hope this helps. Read more...
See below. Germ cell represents very primitive cell that can tranform into any tissue form. Most of the germs cells are in the gonads(testis/ovary). However there are germs cells that reside outside the gonads and usually they are near the midline of the body and if they become tumorous, they are called extrgondal germ cell tumor which can be malignant. Read more...

Are mediastinal germ cell tumors known to be hereditary? I was cured, but my girlfriend is concerned if we were to have kids.

Germ cell tumors. These tumors are very rare and as such there isn' t enough information available to determine whether there is a genetic basis involved. Read more...

Can adults develop extracranial germ cell tumors too?

Yes. Adults can develop extracranial germ cell tumors. These can be either benign or malignant. Behavior of these tumors depends upon the location / the organ (site) in which the tumor develops and upon the microscopic and molecular-genetic features of the individual tumor. Hope that this helps. Read more...

How do I prepare my child for an appointment about a germ cell tumor?

Treating a growth. It depends of the age of your child and how clear the diagnose is by now. If there are symptoms associated with the "growth", explain that this appointment is with the purpose of making a plan to treat this growth, to help with the symptoms. You encourage simple and clear answers with every step. Allow your questions being answered first, so your child senses a peaceful and truthful interaction. Read more...
Be honest. As parents, we feel so vulnerable when we cannot protect our children from horrible things like cancer. It is important to be honest. There are many uncertainties in all of this. Make honest promises. It is ok to be scared with your child. It is important to promise what is true...That you will be there through it all. Kids often know what is going on more than we all think. Good luck. Read more...

What is extracranial germ cell tumor of childhood?

Rare family. This is a family of tumors that can be diagnosed by a pathologist (i suggest you get a consensus from 3 of us) that resemble to some degree the gametes and/or the cells of the unborn child. They run from totally benign to very malignant; thankfully today's treatment produces many good responses. Read more...
Collection of tumors. Germ cell tumors typically arise from testicles or ovaries. They can occur in the brain (but extracranial gcts do not). The exact tumor type is rarely of one variety in kids. Typically a mixed tumor is noted by pathologists. Usually, the mixed tumor types include some malignant components. Treatments are good. Chemo + surgery usually. Read more...

Should I tell my child about an extracranial germ cell tumor?

Age appropriate info. You do not mention how old your child is, but in any condition, it is always best to provide information that is appropriate to your child's age and level of understanding. Get help from your health team, they have done this before and will have excellent advice for you. The important thing to remember, is that your child needs to feel loved, safe and protected. Surround yourself with people ! Read more...

With germ cell tumor that to deal with germ cell tumor cancer?

Clarify, can be CA. These can be cancer. These are tumors of germ cells which can be from the gonads, or ovary and testis, or from outside these areas and occur during embryonic development. These can be cancerous or non-cancerous. Prognosis varies. Some, like seminoma, have a very good prognosis. Read more...