Adjuvant Chemotherapy for Stage II Nonseminomatous Germ Cell Tumors Review uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
  • Testicular Neoplasms


  • Management options for patients who have stage II nonseminomatous germ cell cancer, completely resected at retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND), include two cycles of adjuvant cisplatin-based chemotherapy or close surveillance, with chemotherapy reserved for patients who relapse. Both options are associated with cure in an equally high percentage of patients. The choice of options is influenced by the extent of the tumor resected and patient compliance. Surveillance is a strong consideration for patients who have low-volume nodal disease at RPLND because the relapse proportion is 30% or less. In contrast, patients who have high-volume nodal involvement at RPLND have a relapse rate of 50% to 90% with surveillance alone, and adjuvant chemotherapy is the preferable option in this group.

publication date

  • May 2007



  • Review



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ucl.2007.02.005

PubMed ID

  • 17484923

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 179

end page

  • 85; abstract ix


  • 34


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