AIMS AND BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs), although rare, are the most common mesenchymal neoplasms affecting the gastrointestinal tract. We present our experience in the treatment of localized and metastatic disease and a review of literature.PATIENTS AND METHODS: Nine patients were observed from April 2002 to July 2004. Eight tumors were in the gastric area and 1 was in the small bowel. In 5 cases, complete surgical removal was performed, and none of these patients underwent adjuvant therapy. The remaining 4 cases, with locally advanced or recurrent disease, were treated with imatinib.RESULTS: The patients with localized disease treated only by surgery did not relapse. In the patients with locally advanced or metastatic disease treated by imatinib, we observed 3 partial responses, and one case was not assessable because he had no measurable disease. In 2 of 3 responders, it was possible to perform a new radical surgery.CONCLUSIONS: Our series is too small to draw any conclusion. According to our review of the literature, surgery remains the standard treatment for non-metastatic GISTs. Imatinib mesylate represents a major breakthrough in the treatment of advanced GISTs and is the first effective systemic therapy for the disease.
|Numero di pagine||6|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2006|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cancer Research