Outcomes of treatment of gestational trophoblastic neoplasia in a primarily indigent urban population

Brittany A. Davidson, Christa I. Nagel, Debra L. Richardson, Siobhan M. Kehoe, David S. Miller, Jayanthi S. Lea

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OBJECTIVE: To review outcomes of women with gestational trophoblastic neoplasia (GTN) who presented to an inner-city hospital system, given that the rigorous treatment and follow-up for GTN is often problematic for certain women of low socioeconomic status with limited resources and social support. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective review was performed with IRB approval of patients diagnosed with GTN based on the revised WHO scoring system from 1999–2010 at our institution. SPSS Statistics software was used to perform univariate and multivariate analyses. RESULTS: Forty-nine patients were treated for GTN: 32 low-risk and 17 high-risk. Low-risk patients received an average of 5 cycles of initial single-agent chemotherapy. Six patients had persistent disease and were switched to a second single-agent regimen. One patient required multiagent chemotherapy for normalization of human chorionic gonadotropin levels. No patient had recurrence of disease. All high-risk patients were initially treated with multiagent chemotherapy, averaging 8 cycles. Two of the 17 patients persisted; 1 recurred. All 3 currently have no evidence of disease. No patient died of disease. CONCLUSION: Excellent treatment outcomes in patients with GTN may be achieved in disadvantaged populations when compliance to regimens is optimized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)243-248
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Reproductive Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015


  • Chemotherapy
  • Choriocarcinoma
  • Gestational trophoblastic neoplasia
  • Indigent
  • Outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Reproductive Medicine


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