Recovery Post Mediastinal Germ Cell Tumour Treatment

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Apr 07, 2012

Recovery post mediastinal germ cell tumour treatment becomes critical in order to avoid recuperations. Recently, popular Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh underwent mediastinal germ cell tumour treatment after identification of malignancy or cancerous tumour.

Indian all-rounder underwent three sessions of chemotherapy under able guidance of Dr. Lawrence H Einhorn, renowned oncologist of Indiana University’s Cancer Center. Yuvraj has combated cancerous tumour manifested in his thorax. In this form, cancer cells linger effect stomach, mediastinum, or brain.

Facts about Stage Mediastinal Germ Cell Tumour

  • Seminoma is a malignant neoplasm (tumour) of germ cells, responsible for abnormal growth of cells.
  • Mediastinal germ cell tumour is often confused with benign, which also led to speculation that Indian cricketer Yuvraj has cancer of lungs.
  • Among constitutional symptoms of mediastinal germ cell tumour include weight loss, fever, fatigue and dyspnoea.
  • The condition has no correlation with alcohol abuse or smoking, but is a result of genetic disposition that develops during fetal growth phase.

Complications of Mediastinal Germ Cell Tumour Treatment

Treatment of mediastinal germ cell tumour also renders side-effects due to exposure of radiations. Among health complications associated with the treatment are as follows:

  • Nausea.
  • Vomiting.
  • General malaise.
  • Poor wound healing.
  • Eczema.
  • Ulcerations.

Inflammation of the food pipe is among most adverse after effects of mediastinal germ cell treatment that occurs after radiations make contact with chest. The condition occurs after 2 weeks from radiation treatment and subsides for 1-2 weeks after completion.

Recovery in First Stage Mediastinal Germ Cell Tumour

Treatment in first stage has recovery chances of 95 percent, which is substantially higher in comparison to other cancer forms. Recovery process of mediastinal cancer varies depending on the tumour manifestation. Response to chemotherapy and radiation can be different in individuals, which might be accompanied by some negative effects.

Therefore, it becomes extremely important to take care of the condition by seeking expert guidance and complying with precautions for complete recovery. However, prognosis of treatment also depends on factors like type/location of the cancer, stage, symptoms, age and   medical history.

Treatment Options for Mediastinal Germ Cell Tumour

Chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy are the medical techniques for treating mediastinal cancer.


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