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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 Imatinib, or Sunitinib, your doctor will watch you for side effects.

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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