Our treatment approach
At MD Anderson's Children's Cancer Hospital, one of the world's foremost team of experts customizes a treatment plan for your child. This multidisciplinary group is among the few in the nation with specialized experience in treating these rare types of cancers.
Children's Cancer Hospital is committed to providing the most advanced treatments for childhood germ cell tumors with the least impact on your child's body, today and in the future.
The team that treats your child for soft tissue sarcoma includes a number of highly trained doctors, including oncologists, surgical oncologists and radiation oncologists. They are supported by a group of dedicated professionals such as advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, therapists and social workers.
Children's Cancer Hospital offers a range of clinical trials for childhood germ cell tumors. We are on the forefront of discovering new and better ways to treat these tumors, and this can translate to better chances for successful treatment for your child.
Our childhood germ cell tumor treatments
Treatment for germ cell tumors depends upon the child’s age and overall health, the types of tissues in the tumor, the tumor’s location, the child’s tolerance for specific types of procedures and the overall prognosis.
Treatment for childhood Germ Cell Tumors often includes surgery. In testicular cancer cases, this can include the removal of the affected testicle or testicles. Ovarian cancer patients can have an ovary and fallopian tube removed.
Malignant germ cell tumors can spread to other parts of the body before they are diagnosed. Chemotherapy travels all through the body, making it an effective treatment in these cases. Children's Cancer Hospital offers the most up-to-date and advanced chemotherapy options for childhood germ cell tumors.
Radiation therapy (also called radiotherapy) uses high-energy beams to destroy cancer cells. New radiation therapy techniques and remarkable skill allow Children's Cancer Hospital doctors to target tumors more precisely, delivering the maximum amount of radiation with the least damage to healthy cells. This is particularly important to growing bodies.