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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

Overview

Germ cell tumor (GCT) is a tumor (neoplasm) derived from germ cells. Germ cells themselves are not pathogenic; i.e., they are not the viral and bacterial "germs" that cause illness. Germ cell tumors can occur both inside and outside of the gonads (ovary and testis).

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