Your team of doctors, called a multidisciplinary team (MDT), will care for and treat your child, and will ensure that all your child’s needs are considered while they have cancer treatment. The section called The treatment team has further information about this.

Treatment for germ cell tumours depends on:

  • the age of your child
  • the stage of the cancer
  • other factors.

Doctors will suggest treatments based on your child’s situation. Treatment may involve one or more of the following:

  • surgery
  • chemotherapy
  • radiation therapy
  • stem cell transplant
  • careful observation.



Your child may have surgery to remove all or part of the tissue containing the tumour. This can include removing:

  • one or both testicles
  • one ovary and one fallopian tube.

See How is cancer treated - surgery for more detail about cancer surgery.