Dermoid cyst - malignant; Nonseminomatous germ cell tumor - teratoma; Immature teratoma
Chemotherapy is used to treat the tumor. A combination of medicines (usually cisplatin, etoposide, and bleomycin) is commonly used.
After chemotherapy is complete, CT scans are taken again to see if any mass remains. Surgery may be recommended if there is a possibility that the cancer will grow back in that area.
There are many support groups available for people with cancer. Contact the American Cancer Society --
The outlook depends on the tumor size and location and the age of the patient.
The cancer can spread throughout the body and there may be complications of surgery or related to chemotherapy.
Call your health care provider if you have symptoms of malignant teratoma.
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