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What kind of monitoring do I need after treatment for a gastrointestinal-stromal tumor?

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You'll need a follow-up exam every three to six months. Your doctor should take CT scans -- PET scans aren't a substitute. If your cancer is going to come back, it usually does so within two years after surgery.

If you take targeted drug therapy, your doctor will watch you for side effects.

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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