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do anybody know about choriocarcinoma?what effect after the treatment?

im a female at 27 right now.

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can choriocarcinoma cause a positive pregnancy test?

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Has anyone suffered from choriocarcinoma?

I haven't had choriocarcinoma, but I have had a molar pregnancy, which is where choriocarcinoma can begin. When I had my molar pg, I started a website to support women with mps and choriocarcinoma, called MyMolarPregnancy.com. I have an online support group there with 300+ members, all of whom have had or been close to someone with mps or choriocarcinomas. If you have this condition and are looking for support or for others who have had it, please consider joining our group. The web address below is for the MyMolarPregnancy.com web site, and there you can access the group as well as personal stories from other women and links to more information.  (+ info)

Methotrexate & choriocarcinoma?

I have been on methotrexate for choriocarcinoma. Had 3 cycles, HCG levels are falling -how many more will I need? Consultant no help! Thankyou - getting fed up!

You'll be treated until the HCG levels fall to 0. No one can tell you when that will be because every person reacts differently and it also depend on what your risk factors are. You will then be monitored and cannot get pregnant for at least the next year.  (+ info)

What is Choriocarcinoma?

Doctor said high levels of HCG could be a sign of this?? But then left for an emergency phone call before i could ask......

Yes, high levels of HcG could be a sign of Choriocarcinoma, but if you are early in your pregnancy, that coiuld be another reason your Hcg levels are high. Make sure you call your doctor back when you get the chance, since he was in such a hurry and didnt tell you ( dont you hate when doctors run out the room right when you have a question!...lol)

Choriocarcinoma is an extremely rare cancer realated directly to pregnancy. About half the cases develope when there is a molar pregnancy, 30 to 40 percent following a miscarriage, and 10 to 20 percent after a normal pregnancy.

Some more sighns of this are intermittent bleeding following a miscarraige, a pregnancy, or the removal of a mole, along with elevated levels of HCG and a tumor in uterus or lungs.

The treatment for this if you do have it is Chemotherapy. With early diagnosis and treatment, survival is the norm and fertility is unaffected, though it is usually recommended that pregnancy be deferred for two years after treatment is complete and there is no evidence of residual disease.

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How can I prevent these classifications of cancer?

Carcinoma: malignant tumors derived from epithelial cells. This group represent the most common cancers, including the common forms of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer.
Lymphoma and Leukemia: malignant tumors derived from blood and bone marrow cells
Sarcoma: malignant tumors derived from connective tissue, or mesenchymal cells
Mesothelioma: tumors derived from the mesothelial cells lining the peritoneum and the pleura.
Glioma: tumors derived from brain cells
germ cell tumours: tumors derived from germ cells, normally found in the testicle and ovary
Choriocarcinoma: malignant tumors derived from the placenta

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Abortion & Ectopic pregnancies?

Earlier some people stated that.

1) removing an ectopic pregnancy is not abortion
2) ectopic pregnancies are the ONLY justification for what most refer to as an abortion because there is a 0% chance of survival

Do they realize that there ARE cases that an ectopic pregnancy results in a live birth? and that there are other conditions such as a some partial molar pregnancies that cause maternal AND fetal DEATH?


So how can some one be 100% against abortion except for ectopic pregnancy, but not with other life threatening conditions even when the baby is proven to not be viable, and the mothers death is unavoidable without intervention?

do you see removal of an ectopic pregnancy as abortion (justified or not) ?

Do you believe the 100% of ectopic pregnancies are non-viable?

Do you think the rarity of live births from ectopic pregnancies is due to the high termination rate?

Do you think that ectopic is the ONLY justification for what most refer to as an abortion?
I KNOW they are not the same. I had a molar pregnancy and terminated.

I also understand the risk to the mother during an ectopic pregnancy

I am just curious why some say they are against abortion unless it's ectopic, even when there are equally dangerous conditions and do the same people know that ectopics aren't 100% non-viable. Some have resulted in live births.

I would never encourage a women to endanger her life. That's why I chose to terminate. I wanted to live.
TLC did a series where they followed a women who chose not to terminate her ectopic pregnancy. The showed ehr DR visits and c-section birth of a live baby. She had to have a hysterectomy, but the baby did live.
There was also a woman who had an ectopic pregnancy where the baby died and her body coated it is calcium.

I'll try to find some more links.
it was in her ovary.

i don't classify that as abortion. no.

Health is all about playing the odds. Odds are that an etopic pregnancy will kill you and the baby. So the safe bet is to terminate the pregnancy.

As for other reasons to 'justify' an abortion, I don't need them. I prefer it if ppl don't abort, and nvr would myself, but i think women should have the choice. It's not for me to judge- or therefore justify- abortions.  (+ info)

wondering why any doctor would subject anyone to chemo?

Chemotherapy Quotes
"Two to 4% of cancers respond to chemotherapy….The bottom line is for a few kinds of cancer chemo is a life extending procedure---Hodgkin's disease, Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL), Testicular cancer, and Choriocarcinoma."---Ralph Moss, Ph.D. 1995 Author of Questioning Chemotherapy.

"NCI now actually anticipates further increases, and not decreases, in cancer mortality rates, from 171/100,000 in 1984 to 175/100,000 by the year 2000!"--Samuel Epstein.

"A study of over 10,000 patients shows clearly that chemo’s supposedly strong track record with Hodgkin’s disease (lymphoma) is actually a lie. Patients who underwent chemo were 14 times more likely to develop leukemia and 6 times more likely to develop cancers of the bones, joints, and soft tissues than those patients who did not undergo chemotherapy (NCI Journal 87:10)."—John Diamond

Children who are successfully treated for Hodgkin's disease are 18 times more likely later to develop secondary malignant tumours. Girls face a 35 per cent chance of developing breast cancer by the time they are 40---which is 75 times greater than the average. The risk of leukemia increased markedly four years after the ending of successful treatment, and reached a plateau after 14 years, but the risk of developing solid tumours remained high and approached 30 per cent at 30 years (New Eng J Med, March 21, 1996)

"Success of most chemotherapy is appalling…There is no scientific evidence for its ability to extend in any appreciable way the lives of patients suffering from the most common organic cancer…chemotherapy for malignancies too advanced for surgery which accounts for 80% of all cancers is a scientific wasteland."---Dr Ulrich Abel. 1990

The New England Journal of Medicine Reports— War on Cancer Is a Failure: Despite $30 billion spent on research and treatments since 1970, cancer remains "undefeated," with a death rate not lower but 6% higher in 1997 than 1970, stated John C. Bailar III, M.D., Ph.D., and Heather L. Gornik, M.H.S., both of the Department of Health Studies at the University of Chicago in Illinois. "The war against cancer is far from over," stated Dr. Bailar. "The effect of new treatments for cancer on mortality has been largely disappointing."

"My studies have proved conclusively that untreated cancer victims live up to four times longer than treated individuals. If one has cancer and opts to do nothing at all, he will live longer and feel better than if he undergoes radiation, chemotherapy or surgery, other than when used in immediate life-threatening situations."---Prof Jones. (1956 Transactions of the N.Y. Academy of Medical Sciences, vol 6. There is a fifty page article by Hardin Jones of National Cancer Institute of Bethesda, Maryland. He surveyed global cancer of all types and compared the untreated and the treated, to conclude that the untreated outlives the treated, both in terms of quality and in terms of quantity. Secondly he said, "Cancer does not cure". Third he said "There is a physiological mechanism which finishes off an individual".)

"With some cancers, notably liver, lung, pancreas, bone and advanced breast, our 5 year survival from traditional therapy alone is virtually the same as it was 30 years ago."---P Quillin, Ph.D.

"1.7% increase in terms of success rate a year, its nothing. By the time we get to the 24 century we might have effective treatments, Star Trek will be long gone by that time." Ralph Moss.

"….chemotherapy’s success record is dismal. It can achieve remissions in about 7% of all human cancers; for an additional 15% of cases, survival can be "prolonged" beyond the point at which death would be expected without treatment. This type of survival is not the same as a cure or even restored quality of life."—John Diamond, M.D.

"Keep in mind that the 5 year mark is still used as the official guideline for "cure" by mainstream oncologists. Statistically, the 5 year cure makes chemotherapy look good for certain kinds of cancer, but when you follow cancer patients beyond 5 years, the reality often shifts in a dramatic way."—Diamond.

Studies show that women taking tamoxifen after surviving breast cancer then have a high propensity to develop endometrial cancer. The NCI and Zeneca Pharmaceuticals, which makes the drug, aggressively lobbied State of California regulators to keep them from adding tamoxifen to their list of carcinogens. Zeneca is one of the sponsors of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

"Most cancer patients in this country die of chemotherapy…Chemotherapy does not eliminate breast, colon or lung cancers. This fact has been documented for over a decade. Yet doctors still use chemotherapy for these tumours…Women with breast cancer are likely to die faster with chemo than without it."—Alan Levin, M.D.

According to the Cancer Statistics for 1995, published by the ACS in their small journal (2), the 5-year survival rate has improved from 50%-56% for whites and 39%-40% for bl
Gary, did you bother to read? if I'm not mistaken the NEJ of medicine was quoted as well as several md's which if I'm not mistaken stands for medical doctors, also some with PHD's. what more do you need?I don't recall mentioning anything about alt med.
I watched my mother, my aunt, her husband , a friend die from this treatment, and now my cousin is dying from this junk science, don't even bother to defend it. it's monstrous, but you are welcome to believe it if you want, I don't and I'll take my chances, as you'll take your's. good luck

"Quotes" ?

Yep, quote mining is a poor and frequently invalid form of taking a quote out of context and pretending it is a fact on its own.

Don't forget: Increases in cancer are due to people living longer so they are more likely to die of cancer (we all have to die of something!). Dying at 85 from cancer, rather than at 35 from scurvy is known as "medical progress".  (+ info)

For those who are 100% against abortion?

Does the mother life not matter, even if the baby will not survive?

I was faced with the choice to terminate or die within weeks.

I was 14 weeks when I did it and it was the hard thing I ever had to do, I wanted to wait (I was in denial), then when the baby started to be consumed and it was in my lungs, I had to do what I had to do to live. There was no way I would have lived until the baby was viable (even if it were not being consumed).

I used to be against abortion and couldn't think of a possible medical reason to abort. That is until I learned about this first hand:


Since the cancer is made of placenta tissue, the only way to get rid of it (after it has moved out of the uterus) is to take methotrexate which also causes fetal demise.

If it is contained to the uterus, then a D&C is done, which also causes fetal demise.

What would YOU do in this situation?
Not trying to justify, just enlighten

If being pregnnt is life threathening to you , and the doctor recommend that you terminate the pregnancy i dont see anything wrong with that. What is wrong is when women do abortion for there personal preference and desires... thats selfish. USE a condom then if you dont want kids but dont take a life because you can

For you.. its ok .. because the situaion was life threatheneing  (+ info)

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