Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

GIST

Overview

Type of disease: Rare conditions

Gastrointestinal stromal tumors are a type of soft tissue sarcoma (tumor) that usually begins in cells in the wall of the stomach, intestines, or rectum. These tumors may be noncancerous or cancerous. They can affect adults, adolescents, or children.  It is estimated that around 5,000 new cases of gastrointestinal stromal tumors are diagnosed in the United States each year.Source: Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD), supported by ORDR-NCATS and NHGRI.

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