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NCCN Guidelines for Patients

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Soft Tissue Sarcoma, Version 1.2014

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Gastrointestinal stromal tumors Review

Review

• GISTs may start in cells that trigger muscle

movement in the gut wall.

• Treatment planning is an important first step

of care.

• Small stomach GISTS that likely won’t grow

fast don’t need treatment. Instead, these

tumors may be watched for cancer growth.

• Small stomach GISTs that likely will grow fast

can be removed with surgery.

• All other GISTs may be first treated with

surgery or imatinib.

• If GISTs grow while you’re taking imatinib,

the dose may be increased or you may be

switched to sunitinib.