Spearheaded by Stephen Fry, who was diagnosed and treated for prostate cancer a few years ago, the NHS has launched a campaign to encourage people with cancer symptoms to come forward for a potentially lifesaving check-up.
The impact of COVID on the NHS and how we interact with it has been profound and recent research indicated that three in five people are concerned about burdening the NHS, with 49% saying they would currently delay seeking medical advice. This is particularly concerning when it comes to cancer as, in most cases, early detection is key to successful treatment.
In a recent video, Stephen and other cancer sufferers talk the symptoms they’d experienced and what prompted them to visit their GP or cancer specialist. Alongside more common cancers, Sarah talked about her experience after being diagnosed with a GIST, or tumour in her small intestine.
What are the symptoms of GIST you should be looking out for?
Often you may not experience any symptoms in the early stages of the disease. Signs of a GIST may include:
- Abdominal discomfort or pain
- A lump or mass in the abdomen that you can feel
- Blood in your stools or vomit
- Fatigue due to anaemia
- Feeling full after eating just a small amount
- Loss of appetite or marked weight loss
GIST is a much less well known form of cancer so, as Mr Myles Smith, Consultant Surgical Oncologist at the Royal Marsden comments. “It’s great to see the @NHS and @GISTUK raising awareness of early detection of cancer, and GIST in the UK.”
For more advice on the symptoms of GIST and treatment options, call 020 7808 2785 to arrange a consultation.