Placenta cancer treatment

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Placenta cancer is a rare malignant tumour of a temporary organ that develops during pregnancy and provides nutrients to the baby. It usually occurs after pregnancy or even months or years later, grows slowly and can be curable. There are two methods of therapy - surgery and conservative options. Systemic drug treatment includes chemotherapy, targeted and immunotherapy.

The abnormal growth of placental cells and malignancy formation is called placental cancer. It develops where the organ attaches to the uterus. Often the tumour is located within the placenta and is called choriocarcinoma. However, it sometimes happens that the cancer cells spread into the uterus and the blood vessels. In addition, the disease can give metastases to the lymph nodes, lungs and pelvis.

Placental cancer accounts for approximately 2-7 out of 100,000 pregnancies. The median period at diagnosis is 30-32 years. It is worth mentioning that the vast majority of choriocarcinoma cases develop within one year after the previous pregnancy. The main symptoms of placental cancer are abnormal uterine bleeding (after childbirth, miscarriage, or ectopic pregnancy) or amenorrhea (absence of menstruation). In addition, possible signs contain the discharge of vesicular structures from the vagina, stomachache, shortness of breath, and cough.

Usually, doctors use chemotherapy to treat placental cancer. Systemic chemotherapy drugs are often used after surgery or as an alternative treatment. A hysterectomy (womb removal) is required rarely (with relapses or metastases). At the same time, targeted therapy can increase treatment effectiveness.

In general, the prognosis is favourable. The 10-year survivorship for non-spread cancer is 90%, and for removal of the uterus - all 100%. However, the survival rate falls to 49-52% when cancer moves to nearby organs and tissues.

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