Choriocarcinoma

Common Name(s)

Choriocarcinoma, Chorioblastoma

Choriocarcinoma is an rare, fast-growing form of cancer that occurs in a woman's uterus (womb). The abnormal cells start in the tissue that would normally become the placenta. the organ that develops during pregnancy that feeds the growing baby. This form of cancer can quickly spread to the lungs through the blood stream. Early symptoms include increased hormone levels and abnormal vaginal bleeding. If it progresses or spreads, symptoms may include difficulty breathing, coughing up blood, and chest pain. Choriocarcinoma is one type of gestational trophoblastic disease.

Choriocarcinoma most commonly occurs after a molar pregnancy (placenta develops abnormally and the tissue continues to grow into cancer), but can also occur after a miscarriage, embryo implantation outside the uterus where it is supposed to implant (ectopic), and extreme cases of dehydration and nausea during pregnancy. It can also occur after a normal pregnancy. Very rarely, a choriocarcinoma starts in a location other than the placenta such as in the ovary or testis in men and in both cases, the outlook is poor. In females with choriocarcinoma of the placenta, testing will include hormone level checks, blood tests, pelvic exam to detect a mass, CT scans and MRI. Treatment is generally chemotherapy. Hysterectomy and radiation are not usually needed. Future normal pregnancies are possible. If cancer has spread, other treatments may be necessary. Outlook is variable and depends upon multiple factors. Recurrence is possible. In order to best treat your case of choriocarcinoma, it is important to consult your doctor. There are also support groups to provide additional guidance.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Choriocarcinoma" returned 351 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Cell-free DNA in pregnancy with choriocarcinoma and coexistent live fetus: A case report.
 

Author(s): Mona Kjaerboel Kristiansen, Isa Niemann, Jacob Christian Lindegaard, Mette Christiansen, Mette Warming Joergensen, Ida Vogel, Dorte Launholt Lildballe, Lone Sunde

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Sep;95(37):e4721.

 

This case report describes the use of analysis of cell-free DNA in the blood of a patient with a pregnancy with one live fetus and a choriocarcinoma diagnosed at 22 weeks of gestation.

Last Updated: 16 Sep 2016

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Isolation, Culture and Identification of Choriocarcinoma Stem-Like Cells from the Human Choriocarcinoma Cell-Line JEG-3.
 

Author(s): Jingting Cai, Tianfang Peng, Jing Wang, Jingli Zhang, Hui Hu, Dihong Tang, Chaonan Chu, Ting Yang, Huining Liu

Journal: Cell. Physiol. Biochem.. 2016 ;39(4):1421-32.

 

Cancer stem cells (CSCs) exhibit enhanced proliferative capacity and resistance to chemotherapy; however, choriocarcinoma CSCs have not yet been reported. In this study the human choriocarcinoma cell line JEG-3 was cultured in serum free media, and the characteristics of suspension ...

Last Updated: 16 Sep 2016

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A Successfully Treated Metastatic Choriocarcinoma Coexistent With Pregnancy: A Case Report of a 4-Year Follow-Up.
 

Author(s): Panxi Yu, Wenqi Diao, Xuefeng Jiang

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 May;95(21):e3505.

 

Gestational choriocarcinoma ended with a successful parturition is extremely rare, especially in cases where multiple metastases occurred.A 29-year-old Chinese primigravida was admitted with vaginal bleeding at 32 gestational week, and diagnosed with gestational choriocarcinoma with ...

Last Updated: 27 May 2016

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The terms "Choriocarcinoma" returned 19 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Primary pulmonary choriocarcinoma in a male that was successfully diagnosed and treated: A case report and review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Ran Zhu, Congwei Jia, Jie Yan, Yufeng Luo, Zhen Huo

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Dec;95(52):e5693.

 

Primary pulmonary choriocarcinoma (PPC) is extremely rare, especially in males. It is characterized by a poor response to therapy and shortened survival times. Here, we report a successful diagnosis and modified treatment for PPC in a male and a review of the literature.

Last Updated: 29 Dec 2016

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Epithelioid trophoblastic tumor after induced abortion with previous broad choriocarcinoma: a case report and review of literature.
 

Author(s): Xiaofei Zhang, Haiyan Shi, Xiaoduan Chen

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Epithelioid trophoblastic tumor (ETT) is a rare trophoblastic tumor originating from chorionic-type intermediate trophoblasts (ITs). It is usually associated with a prior gestational event. We present a 44-year-old woman who had unusual pregnancy related history. The patient received ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 2014

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Caesarean scar choriocarcinoma: a case report and review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Zhi-Da Qian, Xiao-Ming Zhu

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To report the clinical characteristics, pathologic findings and treatments of a patient with a Caesarean scar choriocarcinoma.

Last Updated: 6 Jun 2014

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Study of TRC105 and Bevacizumab in Patients With Refractory Gestational Trophoblastic Neoplasia (GTN)
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Gestational Trophoblastic Neoplasia; Choriocarcinoma; Placental Site Trophoblastic Tumor; Epithelioid Trophoblastic Tumor

 

Last Updated: 1 Nov 2016

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Dactinomycin or Methotrexate in Treating Patients With Low-Risk Gestational Trophoblastic Neoplasia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Choriocarcinoma; FIGO Stage I Gestational Trophoblastic Tumor; FIGO Stage II Gestational Trophoblastic Tumor; FIGO Stage III Gestational Trophoblastic Tumor; Hydatidiform Mole

 

Last Updated: 9 Feb 2016

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DNA Analysis in Samples From Younger Patients With Germ Cell Tumors and Their Parents or Siblings
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Childhood Malignant Ovarian Germ Cell Tumor; Childhood Malignant Testicular Germ Cell Tumor; Ovarian Choriocarcinoma; Ovarian Embryonal Carcinoma; Ovarian Mixed Germ Cell Tumor; Ovarian Teratoma; Ovarian Yolk Sac Tumor; Testicular Choriocarcinoma; Testicular Embryonal Carcinoma; Testicular Seminoma; Testicular Teratoma; Testicular Yolk Sac Tumor

 

Last Updated: 5 Oct 2016

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