GIST tumor treatment

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GIST tumor is a malignancy of the gastrointestinal tract. The disease often metastasizes, causing pain and discomfort in the affected organ. Therefore, doctors predominantly use surgery and targeted therapy. In addition, embolization and ablation may be helpful.

Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) most often occur in:

  • Stomach (about 60% of cases);
  • Small intestine (up to 30%);
  • Large intestine, rectum, and esophagus (approximately 10%).

The average age of tumor diagnosis is 55-65 years, but they can occur even in children. The disease often causes symptoms such as pain, gastrointestinal bleeding, weight loss, and others.

A significant percentage of GIST is discovered incidentally during endoscopy (examination of the alimentary tract using a thin tube with a camera) performed for another reason. Computed tomography helps detect the spread of metastases. The oncologist performs a biopsy to determine the tumor stage. To do this, the doctor takes a small part of the mass for laboratory analysis.

Oncologists regularly monitor small tumors (up to 2 cm) every 6-12 months. Doctors recommend surgical removal of the GIST. However, if the tumor is huge or has already spread, targeted chemotherapy is combined with surgery. In addition, physicians can treat metastases with ablation and embolization. These methods effectively kill cancer cells throughout the body.

GIST tumors have a 93% survival rate when there are no metastases. However, when cancer cells spread to other organs, the prognosis is 55%.

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