The exact symptoms of a childhood germ cell tumor will depend on where it forms. People with a specific diagnosis can see our pages on childhood brain cancer, ovarian cancer and testicular cancer for specific symptom information.
In general, though, childhood germ cell tumor symptoms can include:
- Lump in abdomen or lower back or testicle
- Pain in the abdomen
- Breast growth (for testicular germ cell tumors)
- In females, no period or unusual bleeding
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Excessive hair growth
- Weakness in legs
- Early entry into puberty
- Hormonal abnormalities
- Frequent urination
These symptoms do not always mean your child has a childhood germ cell tumor. However, it is important to discuss any symptoms with your doctor, since they may signal other health problems.