For patients with localized GIST, surgery is the standard treatment and should be performed whenever possible. Often the tumor can be completely removed through surgery. A surgical oncologist is a doctor who specializes in treating cancer by surgery.What is the prognosis for gist?
The prognosis of a patient with primary GIST depends on tumor size, location, and cellular division. Generally, patients with tumors that are 10 cm or greater in size have a high chance of developing tumor recurrence. Meanwhile, those with tumors less than 2 cm are more likely to be cured by surgical resection.Can Gist be cured?
As mentioned above, some GISTs are cured by surgery. However, some tumors are too large or have spread to other areas where surgery would not be curative. In these situations, a medication called imatinib (Gleevec) would likely be prescribed. This is a pill taken once or twice daily by mouth.