The aim of the present study was to investigate the causes of death in patients with germ cell testicular tumours (GCTTs), especially those due to persistent or recurrent tumours, and to determine potentially avoidable deaths. Among 299 patients with GCTTs there were 27 (9%) deaths: 21 (78%) had non-semi-nomatous GCTTs and 6 (22%) had seminomatous GCTTs. Sixteen deaths (59%) were due to progressive disease, 6 (22%) were treatment-related, 4 (15%) were due to incidental causes, and 1 was a sudden, unexplained death. The analysis of the data led us to the conclusion that some deaths are still potentially avoidable. © 1996 S. Karger AG, Basel.
- Germ cell testicular tumours
- Treatment strategies