The brochure Germ cell tumors contains comprehensive information about this disease. Please note this brochure is currently only available in Dutch. The most important information is provided below.
Germ cell tumors are caused by a developmental error in one of the reproductive cells. Presumably, something has already changed in the cell's DNA in the nucleus before birth. The cause of that change is unknown.
Children with a germ cell tumor of the brain often suffer symptoms such as headaches, nausea, difficulty seeing or an unsteady gait. Furthermore, hormone changes can cause obesity, growth retardation or early puberty.
How is germ cell tumor of the brain diagnosed?
Chance of recovery
On average, children with a germ cell tumor stand a 90% chance of recovery.
Children and adolescents with a germ cell tumor of the brain are treated in the neuro-oncology department.