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What can I do to make sure I'm getting the best treatment for a gastrointestinal-stromal tumor?

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Take an active role in your treatment and work closely with your medical team. You take control of your treatment by:

  • Asking questions
  • Doing research
  • Getting second or third opinions if necessary
  • Finding support from others who have these types of cancer
  • Locating support groups.
  • Connecting with others online who have a gastrointestinal-stromal tumor

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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