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What does surgery for a gastrointestinal-stromal tumor consist of?

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The primary treatment for gastrointestinal-stromal tumor surgery is to remove the tumor, if possible (85% of the time). Surgery is recommended for any tumor over 2 cm in size. The actual surgical procedure will differ depending on where the tumor is located. It may be done using laparoscopic or open surgical techniques. The surgeon will remove the tumor and a small area of tissue surrounding the tumor, taking care not to rupture the tumor, which would cause cancer cells to spill into the abdomen.

From: GIST: Frequently Asked Questions WebMD Medical Reference

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GSI. GIST Support International.

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

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

American Cancer Society.

American Society of Clinical Oncology.

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

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 11, 2018

SOURCES:

GSI. GIST Support International.

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

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

American Cancer Society.

American Society of Clinical Oncology.

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

News release, FDA.

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 11, 2018

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