Gastrointestinal Cancer Stories

Gastrointestinal stromal tumor is a disease in which abnormal cells form in the tissues of the gastrointestinal tract. According to the National Cancer Institute:

  • Genetic factors can increase the risk of having a gastrointestinal stromal tumor.

  • Signs of gastrointestinal stromal tumors include blood in the stool or vomit.

  • Tests that examine the GI tract are used to detect (find) and diagnose gastrointestinal stromal tumors.

  • Very small GISTs are common.

  • Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options.

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Louis Da Silva

Diagnosis: Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST)
Cancer details: Tumors that start in wall of digestive tract or gastrointestinal (GI) tract
1st Symptoms: Feeling the need for constant urination
Treatment: Surgery to take out the tumor, maintenance chemotherapy (3 years)
Status: Remission