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Surgery for persistent trophoblastic disease and choriocarcinoma

Men and women discussing gestational trophoblastic tumours

This page tells you about surgery for persistent trophoblastic disease and choriocarcinoma, which are types of gestational trophoblastic tumours (or GTT for short). There is information about


Removal of the womb (hysterectomy)

Doctors don't often use surgery to treat persistent trophoblastic disease or choriocarcinoma. But a few women may need an operation to remove their womb (hysterectomy) for one of the following reasons

  • Their tumour does not respond to chemotherapy
  • The tumour is causing a lot of bleeding from the womb

Very occasionally, women with a molar pregnancy are offered a hysterectomy as an initial treatment. This might be because they don’t want any more children or because they already have a condition of the womb, such as fibroids.

If you would like more information about having a hysterectomy, you can find detailed information in the womb cancer section. Do remember though, that womb cancer is very different from GTT. So the rest of the information in that section will not apply to you.


Surgery for GTT that has spread

Women with GTT occasionally need surgery to remove disease that has spread to other parts of the body. For example, you might have an operation to remove a lobe of the lung (lobectomy) if the disease has spread to the lung but is only in one lobe. Or you may need surgery if your tumour has spread to the bowel and blocks the bowel.

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Updated: 23 June 2016