Radiotherapy in the treatment of gastrointestinal stromal tumor

  title={Radiotherapy in the treatment of gastrointestinal stromal tumor},
  author={Christin A. Knowlton and L. V. Baert. L. W. Brady and Rebecca C. Heintzelman},
  booktitle={Rare tumors},
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are uncommon mesenchymal tumors of the gastrointestinal tract. Up to one-third of GISTs are malignant with a high rate of metastasis. Surgical resection is the mainstay of care for patients with resectable disease. Imatinib mesylate, a selective tyrosine kinase inhibitor, is the current standard of care for GISTs that cannot be completely resected or in cases of metastatic GIST. Although often overlooked, radiation therapy is a viable option for select… CONTINUE READING
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