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Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors: Introduction

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors: Cancer that develops from stroma cells in the wall of the gastrointestinal tract. The primary locations are the small intestine, esophagus and esophagus with symptoms being determined by the location, stage and size of the tumor. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors is available below.

Symptoms of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

Treatments for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

  • Treatment of gastrointestinal stromal tumors depends on the site of the cancer and the staging of the disease, as well as the age and other health problems of the patient. Treatments include:
    • Surgery - for tumor removal or relief of obstruction (esophagus, small bowel etc)
    • Radiotherapy
    • Chemotherapy - if the tumor is chemo-sensitive
    • Biological therapies
  • more treatments...»

Home Diagnostic Testing

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Wrongly Diagnosed with Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors?

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors: Related Patient Stories

Alternative Treatments for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed in various sources as possibly beneficial for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors may include:

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors: Complications

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Causes of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

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Disease Topics Related To Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors:

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors: Undiagnosed Conditions

Commonly undiagnosed diseases in related medical categories:

Misdiagnosis and Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

Chronic digestive conditions often misdiagnosed: When diagnosing chronic symptoms of the digestive tract, there are a variety of conditions that may be misdiagnosed. more »

Intestinal bacteria disorder may be hidden cause: One of the lesser known causes of diarrhea is an imbalance of bacterial in the gut, sometimes called intestinal imbalance. The digestive system contains a variety of "good" more »

Antibiotics often causes diarrhea: The use of antibiotics are very likely to cause some level of diarrhea in patients. The reason is that antibiotics kill off not only "bad" bacteria, but can also kill the "good" bacteria more »

Food poisoning may actually be an infectious disease: Many people who come down with "stomach symptoms" like diarrhea assume that it's "something I ate" (i.e. more »

Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed (it can, of course, also fail to be diagnosed with more »

Spitz nevi misdiagnosed as dangerous melanoma skin cancer: One possible misdiagnosis to consider in lieu of melanoma is spitz nevi. See melanoma and spitz more »

Celiac disease often fails to be diagnosed cause of chronic digestive symptoms: One of the most common chronic digestive conditions is celiac disease, a malabsorption disorder with a variety of symptoms (see symptoms of celiac disease) more »

Chronic digestive diseases hard to diagnose: There is an inherent difficulty in diagnosing the various types of chronic digestive diseases. Some of the better known possibilities are peptic ulcer, colon cancer, more »

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

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Choosing the Best Hospital: More general information, not necessarily in relation to Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors, on hospital performance and surgical care quality:

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors: Rare Types

Rare types of diseases and disorders in related medical categories:

Evidence Based Medicine Research for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

Medical research articles related to Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors include:

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Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors: Animations

Research about Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

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Clinical Trials for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

The US based website lists information on both federally and privately supported clinical trials using human volunteers.

Some of the clinical trials listed on for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors include:

Statistics for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors: Broader Related Topics

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Definitions of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors:

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors, or a subtype of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet


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