Managing physical changes due to gestational trophoblastic disease
Women treated for gestational trophoblastic disease may experience a range of physical changes and symptoms.
Physical changes associated with gestational trophoblastic disease can be due to the cancer itself or to treatment side effects. Not all women will experience these symptoms. Your doctor should tell you about any side effects of drugs or other treatments that are recommended.
Follow-up visits are a good opportunity to discuss any symptoms or side effects of treatment. Regardless of whether you are having regular follow-up visits, you should talk to a health professional about any symptoms or side effects that are concerning you.
This section describes some of the symptoms reported by women with gestational trophoblastic disease and what can be done to manage them.
It is very unusual for a woman with gestational trophoblastic disease to lose her fertility options, if she wishes to maintain them.
It is important that you discuss any fertility concerns with your treating doctor.
In most cases of chemotherapy for gestational trophoblastic neoplasia, the choice of chemotherapy treatment is a very simple form that does not appear to have any effect on future fertility. In some situations, a more intensive type of chemotherapy may be required, but this rarely affects the function of the ovaries.