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By Ronald DeMatteo

No matter if you are a newly clinically determined GI Stromal sufferer, a survivor, or a pal or relative of both, this publication bargains support. the single textual content to supply the doctor's and patient's perspectives, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST) can provide authoritative, functional solutions for your questions about healing procedures, post-treatment caliber of lifestyles, resources of help, and masses extra. This ebook is a useful source for an individual dealing with the actual and emotional turmoil of this scary disorder.

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Did something in my environment cause my GIST? What are the genetic risk factors for GIST? Are my children at a higher risk for getting cancer because of my diagnosis? More . . 1 0 0 Q & A A b o u t G a s t r o i n t e n s t i n a l S t r o m a l T u m o r ( G IST ) 12. Who gets GIST? How common is GIST? GISTs are fairly uncommon. About 3,000 to 5,000 new patients develop GISTs every year in the United States. GISTs tend to occur in patients who are between 40 and 80 years old. Slightly more men than women have GISTs.

Epithelioid Cell morphology (shape and appear­ ance) that looks round or polygonal. Unlike most GISTs that occur in adults, pediatric GISTs do not have a mutation in the KIT gene (Question 9). No, children and young adults with GISTs have a very different type of disease. The tumors tend to occur almost exclusively in the stomach, and many are composed of cells that are epithelioid-shaped under the microscope (as opposed to spindle-shaped tumor cells, which are thinner and pointy in shape). Nearly all patients are female.

Currently then, an individual cannot do anything special to lessen the chance of developing a GIST. 14. What are the genetic risk factors for GIST? Are my children are at a higher risk for getting cancer because of my diagnosis? Only a few rare genetic syndromes, such as neurofibromatosis, are associated with GIST. The chance of your children developing GIST is extremely small. Only about a dozen families in the world have been reported to have GISTs in multiple family members. Thus, nearly all patients with GIST develop the tumor spontaneously and do not inherit it from their parents.

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