By Ronald DeMatteo
Even if you are a newly clinically determined GI Stromal sufferer, a survivor, or a chum or relative of both, this booklet bargains support. the single textual content to supply the doctor's and patient's perspectives, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST) grants authoritative, sensible solutions for your questions about healing procedures, 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 ailment.
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A small percentage, called KIT-negative GISTs, does not express KIT. The diagnosis of a KIT-negative GIST is very difficult and requires an expert pathologist who may need to perform molecular tests, such as tumor genotyping, to make the diagnosis. Because GIST is uncommon, some pathologists have little to no experience with diagnosing them. The results of mistaken diagnoses can be devastating, since the correct choice of treatment hinges on the correct diagnosis. It is estimated that about 5% of patients diagnosed with a GIST do not actually have a GIST.
Caregivers should try to notice a patient’s coping style and then interact with him or her in ways that bring peace of mind and harmony. You can find Dr. humansideofcancer. com/). 28. What do I tell my family, friends, and/or employer? What should young children be told? For many people, having cancer is a lonely experience. Keeping your diagnosis a secret prevents others from helping and supporting and will increase your loneliness. Although you may not currently be ready to share your thoughts and feelings, you should tell others that you appreciate their concern but are not yet ready to open a discussion.
22. Are there different subtypes of GISTs? As with most other cancers, subtypes of GISTs indeed exist. The different types of GISTs depend on their appearance under a microscope, whether they express KIT protein, or what type of genetic defect is present in the tumor cells. Microscopically, GIST cells may be spindle shaped (long and thin cells) or epithelioid shaped (more rounded cells), although most in adults are spindle shaped. Occasionally, a GIST contains a mixture of both cell shapes. Nearly all GISTs express KIT protein.
100 Questions & Answers About Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor(GIST) by Ronald DeMatteo