Thursday, April 17, 2014
Understanding The Mysteries of Gist: A Rare Cancer
A Gastrointestinal Stomal Tumor, or GIST, is a fairly rare tumor of the digestive tract. Though there are other kinds of tumors that can originate in this part of the body, GISTs are different because they're created in different kinds of cells than other GI tumors. Though GIST can become life-threatening-- as you'll see in this program-- medical science has discovered new ways to alter the progression of this disease. Also in this program, we'll meet patients who are living with GIST including one man who had a fairly large GIST tumor, yet is approaching life actively and very optimistically.
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Neutropenia - The Importance of Healthy White Blood Cells
Neutropenia is a term used to describe a lower-than-normal level of white blood cells also called neutrophils. White blood cells/neutrophils help the body's immune system fight off infection. When neutrophil levels are low, infections can spread uncontested, often resulting in harm to the body. In this program we'll see that a reduction in neutrophils is caused when cell production cannot keep up with the number of cells that die - either by natural occurrence, or by outside influences such as chemotherapy treatment. We'll also see that there are medical options used to help stimulate neutrophil production and we'll hear from patients and physicians about how these options work.