Central nervous system germ cell tumours (CNS-GCT)

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This page gives an overview of the different types of germ cell tumours, what the symptoms of germ cell tumours are and how they are treated.

Key points

  • In Europe and North America, two main types of germ cell tumours are distinguished: germinomas and non-germinomatous germ-cell tumours.
  • Symptoms of germ cell tumours depend on the part of the brain where the tumour is located.
  • Diagnosis of a germ cell tumour does not always require a biopsy.
  • Both germinoma and non-germinomatous germ cell tumours have relatively high treatment success rates.
Last updated: January 10th 2022