Placental Cancer Overview
Another name for Placental Cancer is Choriocarcinoma.
What is choriocarcinoma?
A woman with choriocarcinoma has a growth of abnormal cells in the placenta that multiply out of control. These cells can form tumors and spread to other parts of the body. Choriocarcinoma is usually detected by ultrasound during pregnancy, and responds well to treatment. The exact cause of choriocarcinoma is unknown, but occurs more commonly in women who are over the age of 40.
What are the symptoms of choriocarcinoma?
Symptoms of choriocarcinoma occur during pregnancy and include abnormal nipple discharge, vomiting, leg swelling, high blood pressure, and vaginal bleeding.
How does the doctor treat choriocarcinoma?
Treatment options for choriocarcinoma include chemotherapy, dilation and curettage, hysterectomy, and radiation therapy.
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