What is Choriocarcinoma of the Brain?
Choriocarcinoma is a rare type of tumor resulting from the abnormal growth of cells that normally form the placenta in the uterus. The placenta is an organ that normally develops during pregnancy and provides protection and nourishment to the fetus. It is a very rare type of tumor that sometimes spreads to the brain. Choriocarcinoma can also spread to the lungs and liver. It develops more often in women of childbearing age.
There is no well-known cause; however, miscarriage, molar pregnancy, abortion, and ectopic pregnancy are the risk factors for the development of choriocarcinoma of the brain.
Signs and Symptoms
The patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms. These are
- Irregular vaginal bleeding (bleeding from the vagina during pregnancy or between two menstrual periods)
- loss of consciousness
- pain in the abdomen
- high blood pressure due to unknown reason
- Constant headache
The following diagnostic tests and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis. These are
- Imaging tests such as X-Ray, CT-scan (computerized tomography), PET-scan (Positron emission tomography) help detect the site, size, and location of the tumor.
- Complete blood count (CBC)
- Lumbar Puncture
- Tumor biopsy and histopathological examination
Surgery along with radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted immunotherapy are the main treatment options for choriocarcinoma of the brain.
What Support can we Give for Choriocarcinoma of the Brain?
Choriocarcinoma of the Brain is rare cancer, meaning it is not as well known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer. We also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other. If you suffer from rare cancer such as Choriocarcinoma of the Brain, we can help and support you through your journey thanks to the generous donations we receive. Click the link below to sign up and become a Warrior today!
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