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How does radiation therapy treat my gestational trophoblastic tumor?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Radiation therapy (radiotherapy) treats gestational trophoblastic tumors through the use of high-energy X-rays. These X-rays penetrate the tumor and kill the tumor cells. Radiation therapy is not commonly used for GTT. It is primarily reserved for tumors that have spread to areas beyond the uterus, which are not responding to chemotherapy. For example, GTT that has spread to the brain is sometimes treated with radiation therapy.

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