The prognosis and treatment of patients with germ cell tumors-which include germinoma, embryonal carcinoma, choriocarcinoma, and teratoma-depend on tumor histology, tumor location, presence and amount of biological markers, and surgical resectability.[1,2] (Refer to the Germ Cell Tumors section in the Classification section of this summary for more information.)
Since you were recently diagnosed with a brain tumor, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.
1. What type of brain tumor do I have?
2. What is the grade of my cancer?
3. What part of my brain is affected by the tumor and hat does this region of the brain do?
4. Will it be possible to surgically remove my tumor?
5. Will I need any other treatments such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy after surgery?
6. What are the possible side effects of these therapies?
7. Who might my treatment...
Check for U.S. clinical trials from NCI's list of cancer clinical trials that are now accepting patients with adult central nervous system germ cell tumor. The list of clinical trials can be further narrowed by location, drug, intervention, and other criteria.
General information about clinical trials is also available from the NCI Web site.
Edwards MS, Hudgins RJ, Wilson CB, et al.: Pineal region tumors in children. J Neurosurg 68 (5): 689-97, 1988.
Linstadt D, Wara WM, Edwards MS, et al.: Radiotherapy of primary intracranial germinomas: the case against routine craniospinal irradiation. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 15 (2): 291-7, 1988.