By Ronald DeMatteo

No matter if you are a newly clinically determined GI Stromal sufferer, a survivor, or a chum or relative of both, this ebook bargains support. the one textual content to supply the doctor's and patient's perspectives, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST) can provide authoritative, useful solutions for your questions about treatments, post-treatment caliber of existence, assets of aid, and masses extra. This booklet is a useful source for someone dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of this scary illness.

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If the “off ” switch is broken by mutation, then the brakes are gone, and the cancer can progress without the normal cellular growth controls. The DNA that makes up a gene is very long, and only certain segments, called exons, along the greater length of the DNA are actually used to make a protein. Exons are numbered like the mile markers along a stretch of highway. They tell scientists which segment along the gene or its related part of the protein is being talked about. Scientists use the exon numbering system to report the location of a particular mutation in the KIT and PDGFRA genes.

Conversely, another supplement could cause you to have too much exposure to a prescription medication, thus leading to toxicities. Most producers of herbal supplements do not extensively research potential drug interactions; thus, the risks of combining them with prescription medications are unknown. Some people believe that “natural is safe” or “natural is better,” although this is not necessarily accurate. Plants are made of many chemicals—some possibly powerful or even toxic. A general multipurpose vitamin pill can be helpful if you feel as though your diet is inadequate.

After the conversation, encourage the children to ask questions. Check to see that they understand what you have told them. Break down the information, and address only one or two topics at a time. 38 Coping with the Diagnosis 1 0 0 Q & A A b o u t G a s t r o i n t e n s t i n a l S t r o m a l T u m o r ( G IST ) The children may ask whether you will die, or they may ask for reassurance that you will get better. Respond to their questions honestly. Tell them that you are hoping that you will be okay and that the doctor is doing everything possible.

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