Primary mediastinal nonseminomatous germ cell tumors represent a rare but important malignancy that occurs in otherwise young and healthy patients. Treatment is challenging and involves cisplatin-based chemotherapy followed by surgery to remove residual disease. Avoiding bleomycin-containing chemotherapy in the treatment of primary mediastinal nonseminomatous germ cell tumors is important. Prechemotherapy and postchemotherapy pathology as well as postoperative serum tumor markers are independent predictors of long-term survival.
- Germ cell tumors
- Mediastinal tumors
- Nonseminomatous germ cell cancer
- Thoracic surgery
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