Choriocarcinoma is a fast-growing form of cancer that occurs in a woman's uterus. The abnormal cells start in the tissue that would normally become the placenta. This is the organ that develops during pregnancy to feed the fetus. A possible symptom is abnormal or irregular vaginal bleeding along with abdominal pain.
HOW IS CHORIOCARCINOMA DIAGNOSED?
It is diagnosed by an oncologist by the following tests and physical examination:
1. Blood test
3. Chest X-ray
HOW IS CHORIOCARCINOMA TREATED?
The treatment will be carried out by the oncologist with surgical removal of the uterus. This is known as a Hysterectomy. Also, the patient who is pregnant may have to go through low risk treatment methods that include the administration of single agent methotrexate, which is better than chemotherapy in such cases.
DID YOU KNOW?
Choriocarcinoma may develop after an early pregnancy that lead to a miscarriage or after an ectopic pregnancy.