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Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor Gist Cancer
Oncologist: This is an uncommon tumor, but because of advances in understanding its biology, most ocologists, medical and surgical are very interested in these tumors. The drug Gleevec has improved outcomes for these tumors. When there is an interesting tumor and exciting treatment options, more physicians are available. ...Read more
"tumor" literally translates as "mass", so even a fresh bruise could be called a "tumor". Doctors use the term "neoplasm" (tranlates literally as new growth) to describe tumors that are abnormal growths of cells. These may be benign or malignant; "malignant" = cancer. In everyday usage, we use "tumor" ...Read more
Unknown: While we know that some types of polyps if the GI tract can turn in to cancer in genetically predisposed individuals, we don't know what exactly that predisposition is and don't do routine testing for it, and don't know how to treat it. Why some people develop these types of polyps is also unknown, but most likely a combination of environmental and genetic factors. Very complex issue. ...Read more
in the walls of the stomac & in the tail of the pancreas a solid formation 12cm, a tumor. can be a gist?can be operated?what to do?
Could be, need test: Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) are be either malignant or benign. However a 12 cm lesion is more likely to be malignant and needs additional testing including an endoscopy with ultrasound and biopsy (usually done by a gastroenterologist). Depending on pathology analysis, either Glevac can be used alone or with surgery. See a surgical oncologist if this is a malignant GIST. ...Read more
Not really: Most GI stromal tumors are sporadic. There are rare cases where there can be familial syndromes. In general having a G.I. Stromal tumor is not associated with increased risk of other cancers or lipomas. Sporadic lipomas are also very common. ...Read more
If I have gist cancer, should I talk to a genetic counselor to see if I might be a carrier for a potential gene?
Mch 32.2, auto leuts 53.3, auto lymphs 39.2. history of cancer in family. Gist, lymphoma, pt is feeling confusion and fatigue. Being sent to hemotologist?
Good idea: Considering the high leukocyte count that appears to be mostly the consequence of a significantly increased lymphocyte count, it is a good idea for the patient to consult a hematologist in order to address the possibility of hematologic malignancy, especially chronic lymphocytic leukemia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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