How is the disease diagnosed?
After a molar pregnancy is diagnosed and removed,
blood samples will be taken. Beta-HCG,
a tumor marker, will be measured. If the levels do not drop over
time, CT scans
are used. These scans help the doctor to look for a tumor
remaining in the uterus or one that has spread elsewhere. If a
tumor is found, a
is done to confirm the presence and type of cancer. In men, a
piece of tissue removed from a tumor, usually in the testicle,
may show this form of testicular cancer.