Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor Treatment News and Information

What is Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor? (Definition)

According to the American Cancer Society, Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are uncommon tumors of the GI tract. These tumors start in very early forms of special cells found in the wall of the GI tract, called the interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs). ICCs are cells of the autonomic nervous system, the part of the nervous system that regulates body processes such as digesting food. ICCs are sometimes called the “pacemakers” of the GI tract because they signal the muscles in the digestive system to contract to move food and liquid through the GI tract.

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Latest Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor Treatment News and Research

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor Research News: Small Intestine GIST Associated with Better Prognosis in Younger Patients

(SOURCE: UC SAN DIEGO HEALTH) - Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) are tumors that arise is the wall of the digestive tract, and most often occur in the stomach or small intestine. Though more common in later in life, GISTs can occur in adolescents and young adults (AYA) under 40 years old as well. Writing in the January 18, 2017 issue ...
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New Gene Fusions and Mutations Linked to Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

(SOURCE: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - SAN DIEGO) - Findings could lead to additional targeted treatments for more patients.  In recent years, researchers have identified specific gene mutations linked to gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), which primarily occur in the stomach or small intestine, with 5,000 to 6,000 new cases per year in the United States. But 10 to 15 percent of adult GIST ...
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