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Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells. The aim is to destroy cancer cells while causing the least possible damage to healthy cells.

Chemotherapy for gestational trophoblastic disease may be given before or after surgery or alone.

Chemotherapy is usually given through a needle inserted into a vein (intravenously), by specialised nurses under the guidance of an oncologist. You may need to stay in the hospital overnight or you may be treated as an outpatient.

The length of treatment will depend on your circumstances.

Side effects of chemotherapy

The side effects of chemotherapy vary according to the drugs used.

If chemotherapy is required following a molar pregnancy, the usual choice of chemotherapy treatment is a form that tends to result in relatively few side effects and does not appear to have any effect on future fertility.

In some situations a more intensive type of chemotherapy may be required.

Your health care team can advise you about the likely side effects of the drugs you are prescribed. Any side effects are temporary and steps can often be taken to prevent or reduce them.