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Tumors of the GI Tract

GIST and Neuroendocrine Cancers

Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) are rare tumors of the GI tract. GIST tumors start in in the wall of the GI tract; most occur in the stomach and others in the small intestine. Cancers that develop from the neuroendocrine cells are called neuroendocrine tumors.

Diagnosing Gastrointestinal stromal tumors

Tests used to help diagnose these cancers may include barium swallow, CT/Pet Scan, MRI, and endoscopic ultrasound. 

Treating Gastrointestinal stromal tumors

Removal of the tumor is the main treatment for GIST’s. If the GIST is too large or has spread to other organs, parts of the affected organs may need to be removed. Small amounts of tissue outside the GIST may also be taken away to prevent future obstruction to your digestive tract.  If surgery is necessary, our physicians use minimally invasive techniques, such laparoscopic surgery whenever possible. Minimally invasive approaches reduce hospital stays, as well as your pain and recovery time after the procedure.

We may also recommend non-surgical procedures for your course of treatment, such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy, or a combination of treatments if needed.