What Can be Expected after Treatment?

Patients without signs of metastatic disease (cancer that spreads) and a normal AFP after surgery must be checked closely for at least 2 years. There are several types of follow-up. For example, after orchiectomy for a malignant yolk sac tumor, a patient could have a physical exam with chest x-ray and serum AFP level every 6 weeks, and a CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis every 3 months for 2 years.