germ cell tumor

A type of tumor that begins in the cells that give rise to sperm or eggs. Germ cell tumors can occur almost anywhere in the body and can be either benign or malignant.

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  • Germ cell tumor — Classification and external resources Micrograph of a seminoma, a common germ cell tumor. ICD 10 C …   Wikipedia

  • germ cell tumor — any of a group of tumors arising from primitive germ cells, usually of the testis or ovary; they range from benign to highly malignant. Types include embryonal carcinoma, germinoma, gonadoblastoma, polyembryoma, teratoma, and yolk sac or… …   Medical dictionary

  • Mediastinal germ cell tumor — Malignant mediastinal germ cell tumors of various histologies were first described as a clinical entity approximately 50 years ago.[when?] Mediastinal and other extragonadal germ cell tumors were initially thought to represent isolated metastases …   Wikipedia

  • ovarian germ cell tumor — An abnormal mass of tissue that forms in germ (egg) cells in the ovary (female reproductive gland in which the eggs are formed). These tumors usually occur in teenage girls or young women, usually affect just one ovary, and can be benign (not… …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • stage I ovarian germ cell tumor — is divided into stages IA, IB, and IC. In stage IA, cancer is found in a single ovary. In stage IB, cancer is found in both ovaries. In stage IC, cancer is found in one or both ovaries and one of the following is true: cancer is found on the… …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • stage III ovarian germ cell tumor — is divided into stages IIIA, IIIB, and IIIC. In stage IIIA, the tumor is found in the pelvis only, but cancer cells have spread to the surface of the peritoneum (the tissue that lines the abdominal wall and covers most of the organs in the… …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • stage II ovarian germ cell tumor — is divided into stages IIA, IIB, and IIC. In stage IIA, cancer has spread to the uterus and/or the fallopian tubes (the long slender tubes through which eggs pass from the ovaries to the uterus). In stage IIB, cancer has spread to other tissue… …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • extracranial germ cell tumor — A rare cancer that forms in germ cells in the testicle or ovary, or in germ cells that have traveled to areas of the body other than the brain (such as the chest, abdomen, or tailbone). Germ cells are reproductive cells that develop into sperm in …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • extragonadal germ cell tumor — A rare cancer that develops in germ cells that are found in areas of the body other than the ovary or testicle (such as the brain, chest, abdomen, or tailbone). Germ cells are reproductive cells that develop into sperm in males and eggs in… …   English dictionary of cancer terms

  • stage IV ovarian germ cell tumor — Cancer is found in one or both ovaries and has metastasized (spread) beyond the abdomen to other parts of the body. Cancer is found in the tissues of the liver …   English dictionary of cancer terms

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