Making a diagnosis for a genetic or rare disease can often be challenging. Healthcare professionals typically look at a person’s medical history, symptoms, physical exam, and laboratory test results in order to make a diagnosis. The following resources provide information relating to diagnosis and testing for this condition. If you have questions about getting a diagnosis, you should contact a healthcare professional.
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Research helps us better understand diseases and can lead to advances in diagnosis and treatment. This section provides resources to help you learn about medical research and ways to get involved.
Support and advocacy groups can help you connect with other patients and families, and they can provide valuable services. Many develop patient-centered information and are the driving force behind research for better treatments and possible cures. They can direct you to research, resources, and services. Many organizations also have experts who serve as medical advisors or provide lists of doctors/clinics. Visit the group’s website or contact them to learn about the services they offer. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by GARD.
Living with a genetic or rare disease can impact the daily lives of patients and families. These resources can help families navigate various aspects of living with a rare disease.
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My sister was diagnosed with a leiomyosarcoma and soon after passed away. Is there a test to screen for this? See answer
Our son has had surgery and a tumor was found on the right colon. It was removed and first thought to be a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), but because of CD117 and CD34 testing we were told it was leiomyosarcoma. We have been to 2 oncologists, one says chemo and the other says chemo is not effective for this type. We are totally confused. See answer