Cervical cancer is cancer of the cervix, the narrow neck at the lower part of a woman's uterus, just above the vagina (Figure 1). The cervix connects the uterus to the vagina.
Approximately eight out of 10 cervical cancers originate in surface cells lining the cervix (squamous cell carcinomas). These cancers do not form suddenly. Over time, healthy cervical cells can become abnormal in appearance -- this is called dysplasia. Although these cells are not cancerous, they can eventually become...
General Information About Gestational Trophoblastic Disease
This section was renamed from General Information About Gestational Trophoblastic Tumors and Neoplasia.
Revised text to state that gestational trophoblastic disease (GTD) is a broad term encompassing both benign and malignant growths arising from products of conception in the uterus.
Revised text to state that GTD may be classified as: hydatidiform mole (HM) including complete HM and partial HM; gestational trophoblastic neoplasia including Invasive mole, choriocarcinoma, and placental-site trophoblastic tumor; and, epithelioid trophoblastic tumor.
Cellular Classification of Gestational Trophoblastic Disease
This section was renamed from Cellular Classification of Gestational Trophoblastic Tumors and Neoplasia.
Revised text to state that gestational trophoblastic neoplasia is within the gestational trophoblastic disease classification.
Added text to state that choriocarcinoma, placental-site trophoblastic tumor and epithelioid trophoblastic tumor are often grouped under the heading gestational trophoblastic tumors.
Revised text to state that complete HMs have a 15% to 25% risk of developing into an invasive mole, but transformation to malignancy is much more rare in the case of partial moles.
Added text to state that invasive moles may be preceded by either complete or partial molar pregnancy.
Stage Information for Gestational Trophoblastic Disease
This section was renamed from Stage Information for Gestational Trophoblastic Tumors and Neoplasia.
Hydatidiform Mole (HM) Management
Revised text to state that chemotherapy is determined by the patient's modified World Health Organization score.
Recurrent or Chemoresistant Gestational Trophoblastic Neoplasia Treatment
This section was renamed from Recurrent or Chemoresistant Gestational Trophoblastic Tumor Treatment.
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