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The gastrointestinal (GI) tract is a major part of the digestive system. Tumors that form in the walls of the GI tract are called gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs). Though GISTs often indicate cancer, they are not always cancerous (malignant). Some are non-cancerous (benign) and are unlikely to spread in the body.
Certain people are at high risk for GISTs. These include:
GISTs can be smaller than the head of a pencil eraser, making them difficult to detect. They also may not cause any symptoms. However, if you experience any of these symptoms, see a doctor to diagnose your condition:
We recommend GIST treatment based on the size, stage, and location of the tumor. Treatment may include a combination of these options:
We may recommend combined treatments to shrink the size of your tumor and make it resectable – able to be removed with surgery. We also offer minimally invasive procedures for people who have been told they are not good candidates for traditional open surgery.