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Benign vs cancer: Hydatidiform moles are pregnancies that went wrong and produce only spheres covered with trophoblast. Choriocarcinoma is cancer of trophoblast and can arise in a mole (common), a good prenancy (rare) or by itself in a testis or ovary. It is thankfully usually curable with today's treatments. ...Read more
See below: These are entities along the spectrum of what we call gestational trophoblastic disease (gtd). The simple answer is that it is the degree of aggressiveness (although it is more complicated than that). A choriocarcinoma from gestational trophoblastic disease is from being pregnant, so can't occur in virginal woman, but you can get choriocarcinoma not developing from gtd. Even a male can get this. ...Read more
Bf has testicular cancer. Nervous its choriocarcinoma. But is it possible to have choriocarcinoma tc for 2 years without knowing? Grows fast right?
Why do you ask?: It would be surprising for a testicular cancer with choriocarcinoma as a component not to have made clear that it's choriocarcinoma in two years. I take it that he has had the mass for two years and has just now gotten diagnosed. In a short time, the local pathologist will let you know what components were present. Most hcg-producing testicular cancers are the tamer seminoma variety. ...Read more
Is choriocarcinoma testicular cancer hereditary? I know it could be from defective genes but i didn't think these genes were inherited! help please!
Somatic mutations: This would be a great time for you to brush up on basic tumor biology. All tumors (benign and malignant / cancer) result from mutations that take place after we're already multicellular organisms. At most, one of these is inherited ("cancer family" genes). I'm glad you have an inquiring mind. Best wishes. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
About 10%: This was my answer off the top of my head and comfirmed by a quick visit to e-medicine. Don't mistake a seminoma that makes a lot of HCG for a true choriocarcinoma. Hope this helps; if you or someone special has primary testicular cancer, hoping you get a good result -- we'd rather the "chorio" not be there but be optimistic http://emedicine.Medscape.Com/article/1967796-overview. ...Read more
How effective the 5day chemo treatment for late stage choriocarcinoma testicular cancer? Had 5previous cycles of outpatient treatment didn't work
We all are: A 3-word question with no details... well, life is short on Earth, regardless of whether a person lives 3 days, 3000 days, or 30,000 days. It is not length of one's life that matters, but the quality of the life lived. The goal is not to live a long life, but to live a good life. Even if a person makes it all the way to age 82, that's only 30,000 days. ...Read more