100 Questions & Answers About Gastrointestinal Stromal by Ronald DeMatteo

By Ronald DeMatteo

No matter if you are a newly clinically determined GI Stromal sufferer, a survivor, or a pal or relative of both, this publication bargains support. the single textual content to supply the doctor's and patient's perspectives, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST) offers authoritative, sensible solutions for your questions about therapies, post-treatment caliber of existence, resources of aid, and masses extra. This ebook is a useful source for an individual dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of this scary disorder.

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Anger might be directed against other people. This situation is very delicate, especially if those close to the patient, like family members, are also angry about the illness. Patients and their loved ones are encouraged to talk about their feelings because they need to help each other. Depression is another common emotion for a patient who was recently diagnosed with cancer. Patients should be aware of the symptoms of depression because many of them, like loss of appetite or energy, can also occur because of the cancer.

Occasionally, GISTs will spread to bone or lung. Unlike many other cancers, lymph nodes are usually not involved in GIST. GISTs do not commonly spread to the lungs, or to the bones, or to the brain. Rarely, GISTs will develop again at the original location of the primary tumor. This is called a local recurrence. Part Five Coping with the Diagnosis How can I manage my emotions? Should I take medications for either depression or an inability to sleep? At times my outlook is not positive. Will my personality affect my chances of getting better?

Because a very small sample of tissue is sampled, the findings may not be conclusive. In some cases, a biopsy may need to be repeated. 20. How does a pathologist diagnose a GIST? A combination of how a GIST looks under the microscope and what proteins it expresses helps a pathologist define a tumor. Immunohisto­ chemistry Microscopic examination of cells by staining them with antibodies. Antibody A protein used by pathologists to diagnose the type of a tumor. A combination of how a GIST looks under the microscope and what proteins it expresses helps a pathologist define a tumor.

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