Clinical Oncology

[Treatment of testicular germ cell tumors – an up-date]

BAKI Márta

SEPTEMBER 05, 2015

Clinical Oncology - 2015;2(03)

[The frequency of germ cell tumors is about 1% of all male cancers. The incidence increases in developed countries. The prevalence is the highest among the young males. The histologic type, extent of disease and therapy is based on international guidelines. The surgery, radio- and chemotherapy can achieve cure in the germ cell cancer patients. Regarding the late toxicity, the minimal invasive tumors are suggested to keep on the wait and see policy. The complex therapy of poor risk groups reached more than 80% permanent remission rate. The chemotherapy is based on cisplatin, but in second and third line therapy paclitaxel, gemcitabin and oxaliplatin is widely used. After the cure of germ cell cancer patients the careful follow up is mandatory.]



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