Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors
Other Names for this Disease
- Gastrointestinal Stromal Sarcoma
How might gastrointestinal stromal tumors be treated?
For patients with primary, localized gastrointestinal stromal tumors, surgery with complete excision is the treatment of choice. However, surgery has limited efficacy in the treatment of recurrent and metastatic gastrointestinal stromal tumors. These tumors are also resistant to both chemotherapy and radiotherapy. In the pre-imatinib era, the 5-year survival rate after the surgical resection of gastrointestinal stromal tumors was only 43%–80% as there was really no efficient method to cure the disease. The addition of imatinib as part of the treatment of unresectable or recurrent gastrointestinal stromal tumors has improved the management of this condition and resulted in improved patient survival.
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