Gynecologic Oncology

Gestational Trophoblastic Disease

Gestational Trophoblastic Disease (GTD) is cancer that grew instead of a normal pregnancy, known as a molar pregnancy. The growth of the abnormal cells occurs in the uterus, and is known as cancer of the placenta. Learn more about Gestational Trophoblastic Disease.

While GTD is a terrible experience, you should know that most women have excellent outcomes if GTD is caught early. Many women go on to have healthy pregnancies and are able to deliver naturally.

Gestational Trophoblastic Disease Treatment in North Carolina

There are several options for treatment with GTD. They include:

  • Surgery
    The growth must be removed surgically, and your gynecologic oncologist will make a determination about the best approach. Most women are able to have a D&C (dilation and curettage), where the cells are scraped from the uterus. This preserves a woman’s fertility. However, your doctor may recommend a hysterectomy based on other factors including age and desire for fertility.
  • Chemotherapy
    Our team of gynecologic oncologists will recommend the best chemotherapy treatment for you based on several factors.  

    Clinical Trials for Gestational Trophoblastic Disease

     By far, one of the most important advantages to seeking treatment at an academic medical center is our access to the latest clinical trials sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and other major cancer research institutions. We offer clinical trials for patients with gynecologic disease. Our doctors and staff will walk you through the process of joining a clinical trial and will explain everything you need to know. Learn more about clinical trials at Wake Forest.

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