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Do I have to be diagnosed with a gastrointestinal-stromal tumor to have the tumor surgically removed?

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In some cases, doctors will remove a suspicious-looking tumor even before any diagnosis is made. You may not be diagnosed with a gastrointestinal-stromal tumor until after surgery.

SOURCES:

GSI. GIST Support International.

Demetri, G. Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Published online July 6, 2007.

Demetri, G. Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. (Update to above). Published 2010.

American Cancer Society.

American Society of Clinical Oncology.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Gleevec Prescribing Information.  

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Kumar Shital on July 18, 2020

SOURCES:

GSI. GIST Support International.

Demetri, G. Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. Published online July 6, 2007.

Demetri, G. Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. (Update to above). Published 2010.

American Cancer Society.

American Society of Clinical Oncology.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Gleevec Prescribing Information.  

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Kumar Shital on July 18, 2020

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