GIST Awareness Day -July 13, 2022

What type of cancer is GIST?
GISTs belong to a group of cancers called soft tissue sarcomas. Sarcomas are less-common cancers that develop in connective or supporting tissues. Sarcomas are derived from the general class of cells known as “mesenchymal cells”, found in bone, muscle, fat, cartilage, etc. In contrast, most, more common cancers, such as lung, skin, and prostate cancer, develop from epithelial cells which are found on the linings of the body’s many surfaces; such cancers are called carcinomas.

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