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Oncologists warn even minor physical complaints could be caused by a gastrointestinal stromal tumour

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Cancer not only severely impacted Samran Somjai's physical health, the disease also withered his spirit. 

"No one wants to spend agonising moments with cancer, but the disease got me," recalled Samran, a retired teacher. "And suddenly my life's direction became unclear."

A native of Lop Buri, in 2006 Samran was diagnosed as suffering a gastrointestinal stromal tumour _ a rare yet life-threatening cancer of the digestive system _ when a 13cm x 12cm growth was detected in his small intestines. At that time, Samran was going through severe weight loss and had turned extremely pale. Medication was immediately prescribed and surgery scheduled.

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