Choriocarcinoma is a fast growing cancer that occurs in a woman’s uterus. The extremely rare form of cancer starts in the tissues that will normally become the placenta. It is a type of gestational trophoblastic disease.
It usually occurs during pregnancy. A baby may or may not develop with this type of pregnancy .
The cancer may occur after a normal pregnancy . However it usually occurs after a hydatidiform mole which is a mass or growth that grows in the womb at the beginning of pregnancy . This abnormal mole tissue can continue to grow even after it is removed and can turn into cancer. About half of women with this type of cancer had a hydatidiform mole or molar pregnancy.
What are the signs of chariocarcinoma ?
One of the possible symptom is irregular vaginal bleeding in a woman who recently had a hydatidiform mole or pregnancy . Other signs include irregular vaginal bleeding or pain.
How is choriocarcinoma treated ?
After diagnosis , you will be carefully examined to make sure the cancer has not spread. Chemotherapy is the main treatment option, Hysterectomy and radiation treatment are rarely done.
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