How is a testicular germ cell tumor treated in children?
Your son’s doctor will determine the course of treatment based on his age, overall health and medical history, as well as the extent of the cancer and your child’s tolerance for specific medications, procedures and therapies.
Generally, the next steps in treatment depend on the results of the surgery and the staging imaging.
Treatment can include the following or a combination of the following:
- Surgery (to remove the tumor and potentially the entire testicle)
- Supportive care (for the effects of treatment)
- Hormonal replacement (if necessary)
- Antibiotics (to prevent or treat infections)
Your son will need continuous follow-up care to determine his response to the treatment, test for any recurring conditions and manage the late effects of the treatment, if there are any.
Why choose us for treatment of testicular germ cell tumors?
At Children’s Colorado, urologic surgeons from the Surgical Oncology Program have extensive experience managing testicular germ cell tumors in children, adolescents and young adults. We are experienced with all phases of care for testicular tumors and have provided care for patients in all stages of this type of cancer.
By working with specialists in urology and oncology, we take a holistic approach to cancer treatment and the surgical removal of tumors. The co-director of our Surgical Oncology Program, Nicholas Cost, MD, is one of the few pediatric urologists in the U.S. who is fellowship-trained in urologic oncology, giving Children’s Colorado a unique edge in the treatment of pediatric cancer. Dr. Cost also serves on the Testicular Cancer Panel of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Our doctors are also active in clinical trials and research, always striving to find more effective, innovative ways to treat pediatric cancer.