100 Questions & Answers About Gastrointestinal Stromal by Ronald DeMatteo

By Ronald DeMatteo

Even if you are a newly clinically determined GI Stromal sufferer, a survivor, or a chum or relative of both, this publication deals aid. the single textual content to supply the doctor's and patient's perspectives, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST) can provide authoritative, sensible solutions for your questions about cures, post-treatment caliber of existence, resources of aid, and masses extra. This e-book is a useful source for someone dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of this scary sickness.

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Pathologist A physician trained in the structural and functional changes that result from disease processes; examines tissues for evidence of disease. Mass Often used interchangeably with tumor; sometimes the group of cells that make up a mass have an unknown origin. 28 scan of your abdomen and pelvis should be performed every 3 to 6 months for 5 years after the removal of a primary GIST. If you have a recurrent or metastatic GIST, scans may be taken every 3 to 4 months. 18. What is an endoscopy, and is it a useful diagnostic tool for GISTs?

This, called intravenous contrast, makes the pictures more detailed. In addition, you will have to drink some liquid called oral contrast before a CT scan, thus allowing the intestines to be seen more easily. Typically, scans are performed of the abdomen and pelvis, as GIST commonly involves these sites. A PET (positron emission tomography) scan is a nuclear imaging medicine test. A special radioactive sugar is injected into your vein; then pictures are taken to show how different parts of your body use the sugar.

Fatigue, unintentional weight loss, a change in bowel habits, decreased appetite, and chronic, low-grade fevers may also be evident. These symptoms are not specific for GIST, however, and may occur with other tumors or benign conditions, such as ulcers, diverticulitis, or inflammatory bowel disease. 17. What are a CT scan, a PET scan, and an MRI? Which one is best for me? A CT (computed tomography) scan (also called a CAT scan), which uses radiation, is a series of X-rays that provides cross- sectional images of your body.

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