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Germ Cell Tumor - Childhood

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ON THIS PAGE: You will find information about how many children have this type of tumor each year and some general survival information. Remember, survival rates depend on several factors. To see other pages in this guide, use the colored boxes on the right side of your screen, or click “Next” at the bottom

Extracranial, extragonadal germ cell tumors are rare.

Extracranial germ cell tumors, including those that occur in the reproductive organs, account for about 3% of all tumors in children younger than 20 and about 14% in adolescents age 15 to 19.

Extragonadal germ cell tumros most commonly occur in the sacrum and coccyx in the lower spine, chest, and abdomen.

The overall five-year survival rate isthe percentage of people who survive at least five years after the tumor is detected, excluding those who die from other diseases. The overall five-year survival rate for children younger than age 15 with extragonadal germ cell tumors is 83%.

Statistics should be interpreted with caution. It is not possible to tell a person how long he or she will live with a germ cell tumor. Because survival statistics are measured in five-year intervals, they may not represent advances made in the treatment or diagnosis of this tumor. Learn more about understanding statistics.

Statistics adapted from the National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Last Updated: 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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