What are gestational trophoblastic tumors?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Gestational trophoblastic tumors are a group of tumors that originate from the trophoblastic cells of a pregnant woman. Tumors are abnormal growths of cells, and trophoblastic cells are cells within the uterus (womb) that would normally develop into the placenta. Gestational trophoblastic tumors are therefore only found in pregnant or recently pregnant women.

Most gestational trophoblastic tumors are benign, but some are malignant. Benign tumors are not cancerous - they do not extend deeply into the area surrounding them or to distant parts of the body. Gestational trophoblastic tumors may also be referred to as gestational trophoblastic disease or gestational trophoblastic neoplasias.

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