Germ cell tumors: An update of recent data and review of active protocols in stage I and metastatic disease

Noah M. Hahn, Christopher J. Sweeney

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Abstract

Germ cell tumors are highly curable malignancies even when metastatic. Investigations currently focus on curtailing toxicity in low-risk patients and improving cure rates in poor-risk individuals. Reduced dose radiation schedules and short-course chemotherapy regimens have been evaluated in stage I disease. In metastatic disease, several new nonplatinum agents offer promise for patients with poor risk or relapsed disease. In addition, high-dose chemotherapy regimens with autologous stem cell transplant provide potential for further improvements in survival. This review will highlight recent developments and currently active clinical trials pertinent to the treatment of patients with germ cell tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)293-302
Number of pages10
JournalUrologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations
Volume23
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2005
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Clinical trials
  • Evidence
  • Germ cell tumor
  • Metastases
  • Nonseminoma
  • Seminoma
  • Stage I
  • Update

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Urology

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