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What kind of gastrointestinal-stromal tumor is more likely to recur?

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Generally, the smaller the tumor is when it’s removed, the slower it grows and the less chance it will come back. For example:

If the tumor wasn't completely removed, or if it ruptures during removal, there's a greater chance it will return.

  • Tumors 2 cm to 5 cm are generally low risk
  • Slower-growing tumors -- 5 cm to 10 cm -- are medium risk
  • Faster-growing tumors of 5 cm to 10 or more are high risk

From: GIST: Frequently Asked Questions WebMD Medical Reference

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

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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