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If I have gist cancer, should I talk to a genetic counselor to see if I might be a carrier for a potential gene?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
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In brief: Not necessary.

As you probably know, gist tumors are very rare tumors.
They typically occur in a sporadic fashion, with only very rare descriptions in the medical literature of familial predispositions.

In brief: Not necessary.

As you probably know, gist tumors are very rare tumors.
They typically occur in a sporadic fashion, with only very rare descriptions in the medical literature of familial predispositions.
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Paul Cohen
If you are family planning then a Geneticist's opinion would be important for screening purposes.
Dr. Morton Levitt
Pathology

In brief: GIST cancers

Gist cancers are relatively rare to begin with; a small minority are apparently familial, and a smaller fraction of those are related to identifiable genetic abnormalities, so, if you are concerned about passing it on to the children and/ or other family members might be at risk, it is worth consulting a generic counsellor.

In brief: GIST cancers

Gist cancers are relatively rare to begin with; a small minority are apparently familial, and a smaller fraction of those are related to identifiable genetic abnormalities, so, if you are concerned about passing it on to the children and/ or other family members might be at risk, it is worth consulting a generic counsellor.
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