GI (gastrointestinal) oncology refers to the treatment of a common malignancy of the GI tract and adjunct digestive organssuch as anus, biliary system, esophagus, large intestine, pancreas, small intestine, stomach and rectum. As we know, when it comes to cancer, the array of myths doing the rounds is really long. Sample this
Pharma companies withhold new GI cancer drugsAbsolutely not! Testing new GI drugs isn’t child’s play. Pharma companies unfortunately get a lot of flak over the copious amounts of time they take to research and test new drugs which could potentially cure GI malignancies. But so stringent are pharmaceutical laws that the pharmaceutical companies actually require that kind of time
If you’ve got GI cancer, healing will bring your life to a screeching haltNothing could be further from the truth. As John Green has told us in the best-selling ‘The Fault in Our Stars’, life could, on the contrary, turn more organised and better as one wants to tick everything on the bucket list
GI cancer always means stomach acheOn the contrary, sometimes, GI cancer is completely ache-less, especially so at the initial stages
Needle biopsies or surgeries disperse GI cancer to newer organsNo! The fact is that biopsies and surgeries actually arrest the cancer. So please go right ahead with the treatments. What is it that they say about about nipping cancer in the bud?
All people with GI cancer need the same treatmentAbsolutely not! No two bodies are alike or respond to assembly-line treatments. Plus, each GI cancer is unique too. And of course, cases like slow-growing cancers, advanced cases and other medical problems also determine the therapeutic route your doctor recommends
How can one prevent GI malignancy?
- Don’t sleep over nagging tummy aches and abnormal twitches or bowels
- Eat well by infusing dollops of essential vitamins and fibre with green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits and largely balanced diets. Drink plenty of fresh skimmed milk and dairy products and fish and poultry. Don’t stretch your system’s patience over 3 large meals. Instead, have six smaller meals across the day. Avoid red meats, processed foods, pickled and canned products, products with MSG and preservatives like the plague
- Quit tobacco as your proclivity to GI cancer significantly increases if you consume tobacco in any form
- Don’t pop OTC pills with gay abandon as sustained use is potentially life threatening. Also, get only prescribed drugs after a thorough diagnosis has been done
Don’t you needlessly worry, with the sterling advancements in medicine, arresting GI cancer is very easy nowadays