Gestational Trophoblastic Disease: Latest Research

Approved by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, 06/2016

ON THIS PAGE: You will read about the scientific research being done now to learn more about this type of cancer and how to treat it. Use the menu to see other pages.

Doctors are working to learn more about gynecologic tumors (tumors in the female reproductive system), ways to prevent them, how to best treat them, and how to provide the best care to women diagnosed with this disease. The following areas of research may include new options for patients through clinical trials. Because GTD is uncommon, GTD-only clinical trials may be hard to find. However, there are several clinical trials that are open to people with different types of cancer, particularly other gynecologic tumors, that include GTD. Always talk with your doctor about the best diagnostic and treatment options for you.

  • New drug therapies. Researchers are studying new drugs for the treatment of GTD and other gynecologic tumors.

  • New treatment combinations. Doctors continue to evaluate different combinations of current treatment options and different drugs, as well as integrating new approaches that are being studied in clinical trials.

  • Causes of GTD. Researchers are working to learn more about what causes GTD, including possible chromosome changes or problems.

  • Earlier diagnosis. There is research being done to produce more sensitive blood tests to find hCG levels at smaller amounts, which could lead to some women being diagnosed with GTD at an earlier stage.

  • Palliative care. Clinical trials are underway to find better ways of reducing symptoms and side effects of current treatments for GTD to improve patients’ comfort and quality of life.

To find clinical trials specific to your diagnosis, talk with your doctor or search online clinical trial databases now.

The next section in this guide is Coping with Treatment. It offers guidance in how to cope with the physical, emotional, and social changes that GTD and its treatment can bring. You may use the menu to choose a different section to continue reading in this guide.