A little history:
My dad had a very aggressive form of pancreatic cancer about 5 years ago but managed to beat it. Consequently, he’s been monitored very closely all this time.
About 6 months ago he started getting blood clots and went from aspirin to coumadin therapy. The coumadin wasn’t being effective enough (not exactly sure how they figured this) so he’s now on daily shots of fragmin. The docs decided to do a DNA test and it came back with him having a genetic mutation called Prothrombin/Factor II G20210A. From what I gather it’s about the opposite of hemophilia. Since it’s a hereditary thing, I was tested too and yes, I have it also.
I’ve been trying to learn about this and what it means to me (and potentially my son as well) but for all the crap that Google brings up, I’m at a loss. My PCP is of no help whatsoever. Took me a half hour to convince him to even look in his big ol’ book of tests to see if there was one for this and when I got the results he was rather flippant with a “Heck, let’s get you on coumadin right now!”
Uh…no. Not until I know what the heck all this means am I going to start popping pills.
Now, I know it works in my favor that I don’t smoke, am not on birth control pills, am not obese and other than a high BUN/Creatinine level, have a very “normal” CBC/ChemScreen/HDL profile.
My question is this: Where the heck can I go for info on this written in relative lay terms? Is anyone familiar with this?