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What specialists should I see for a gastrointestinal-stromal tumor?

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Because gastrointestinal-stromal tumors are rare and can be unpredictable, choosing the correct doctor is an important decision. There are a limited number of doctors and medical centers experienced in treating them. In most cases, a team of experts is assembled to treat you. These medical experts include:

  • A cancer specialist (oncologist)
  • A doctor specializing in treatment of the GI tract (gastroenterologist)
  • A surgeon

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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