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Gestational trophoblastic disease is rare. Know your options.

In a normal pregnancy, cells grow and surround the fertilized egg, connecting the egg to the wall of the uterus and forming the placenta, which is responsible for feeding the fetus during pregnancy. Gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD) is a rare condition—accounting for fewer than 1 percent of all gynecologic cancers and occurring in about one of every 1,000 in the United States. This condition develops after conception, when trophoblast cells change and form a mass in the placenta, preventing the development of a healthy fetus.

Although GTD is usually not cancerous, some tumors may become cancerous and spread. GTD is treatable, especially if caught early.

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Several treatments may be recommended for GTD, depending on each individual patient’s unique diagnosis and circumstance. GTD treatments may include:

Surgery
Surgical procedures are the first treatment option for molar pregnancies, (when a tumor develops in the uterus as a result of a nonviable pregnancy) which account for most cases of GTD.

Chemotherapy
This treatment be used alone, or in combination with surgery. It’s commonly used to treat molar pregnancies.

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Supportive care

Surgical and chemotherapy treatments for GTD may cause a number of side effects that affect your quality of life, including pain, malnutrition and depression. Our multidisciplinary care team works with each patient to help manage the side effects of cancer and its treatment. Services recommended for GTD patients may include:

​Mind-body medicine

​Our mind-body medicine program is designed to support you and your caregivers before, during and after cancer treatment.

​Pain management

Pain management is a branch of medicine focused on reducing pain and improving quality of life through an integrative approach to care.

​Nutrition therapy

Every patient has the option of meeting with a registered dietitian.

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Lynette Kanne

Lynette K.

Uterine Cancer

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