Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor
The doctor will ask about your symptoms and health history. This may be enough to suspect the diagnosis.
Images may be taken. This can be done with:
- Abdominal CT scan
- MRI scan
- PET scan
A sample of the tumor will be taken to confirm the diagnosis. This can be done with a fine-needle biopsy.
Genetic tests may also be done. This can be done with blood tests.
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a (GIST; Gastrointestinal Stromal Sarcoma; Gastric Myosarcoma; Gastric Myoblastoma; Gastrointestinal Leiomyosarcoma; Gastrointestinal Smooth Muscle Tumor)
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