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Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors
Other Names for this Disease
- Gastrointestinal Stromal Sarcoma
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Gastrointestinal stromal tumors are a type of soft tissue sarcoma (tumor) that usually begins in cells in the wall of the stomach, intestines, or rectum. These tumors may be noncancerous or cancerous. They can affect adults, adolescents, or children. It is estimated that around 5,000 new cases of gastrointestinal stromal tumors are diagnosed in the United States each year.
- General Information About Adult Soft Tissue Sarcoma. National Cancer Institute. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/adult-soft-tissue-sarcoma/Patient/page1. Accessed April 27,2010.
- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors. Click on the link to go to GHR and review the information.
- Pediatric GIST.org provides medical information and builds an international support network for those with pediatric and wild-type gastrointestinal stromal tumors and funds research to find a cure for this cancer.
- The Global GIST Network is a directory of resources available to people with Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors and their families. This directory serves to help people throughout the world find local resources and support.
- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
- The The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database contains genetics resources that discuss Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors. Click on the link to go to OMIM and review these resources.
- The American Cancer Society (ACS) has developed a detailed guide on GIST. To access this guide, visit the ACS link.
- The GIST News.org Web page provides up-to-date information about the latest news related to GIST. Click on the link above to view this resource.
- The Social Security Administration has included this condition in their Compassionate Allowances Initiative. This initiative speeds up the processing of disability claims for applicants with certain medical conditions that cause severe disability. More information about Compassionate Allowances and applying for Social Security disability is available online.