Welcome to the National Germ Cell Group (NGCG)
National Germ Cell Group (NGCG) is the association of the specialist clinicians, nurses and supporting professionals who treat patients with germ cell cancer in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Germ Cell Cancer is rare and arises mainly in the testicle, but can present in the mediastinum, retroperitoneum and rarely in women in the ovary.
Originally formed as a group of specialist nurses in 2012 the group changed its remit in 2017. The original team were Sue Brand, Wendy Ansell, Paul Hutton, Catherine Pettersen and Zoe O’Neil.
In 2017, we were very lucky to have the support of respected clinicians Professor Jonathan Joffe; Dr Sara Stoneham; Dr Jonathan Shamash and Professor Andrew Protheroe all of whom were members of the NCRI Clinical Studies Group.
We welcomed the support of charities and patient groups including the Testicular Cancer Network (TCN). The TCN is a consortium of testicular cancer awareness, support & research charities working together to save the lives of men across the UK. Currently there are eight members of the TCN: Baggy Trousers UK; Cahonas; It’s in the Bag; It’s on the Ball; Orchid; The Robin Cancer Trust; UCARE and Wendy Gough Cancer Awareness Foundation. In 2021, we have been joined by Ovacome, an ovarian cancer charity providing expert support and information.
The 2021 conference was organised by the current Steering Group (Sue Brand, Wendy Ansell, Michelle Greenwood, Catherine Pettersen, Gemma Crane, Vince Wolverson) together with Dr Mike Leahy Consultant Medical Oncologist from The Christie, Manchester where the original conference was planned to take place.
A particular thank you to Dr Leahy and Catherine Pettersen who have helped enormously with the programme and organisation of the 2021 Conference.