Gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD) is a group of several diseases that involve abnormal cell growth in placental tissue in the uterus.
There are four types of gestational trophoblastic diseases:
Not all of these diseases are cancerous, but all are treatable. Learn more about the types of GTD.
The Duke Gynecologic Oncology Program offers comprehensive treatment for all kinds of GTDs. Though at one time GTDs were quite dangerous, all forms of GTDs are now treatable.
Most patients are completely cured following initial treatment, though some may need additional procedures to get rid of the disease altogether.
Hydatidiform moles are treated with dilation and curettage (D&C), a procedure where the mole is taken out using a vacuum-like device and the uterine walls are gently scraped to remove any remaining material.
Other types of GTDs can be treated with a hysterectomy to remove the uterus and cervix. Learn more about surgery for gynecologic cancers.
Duke physicians are among the leaders in adapting laparoscopic and robotic surgical approaches to the treatment of gynecologic cancers. Minimally invasive surgery facilitates quicker recovery and better cosmetic results with equally good cancer outcomes compared to open surgery.
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