Glossary Term:

Title

gastrointestinal stromal tumors

Phonetic

<b>gas</b>-tro-in-<b>TEST</b>-uh-nul <b>stro</b>-muhl <b>too</b>-mers

Description

also called GISTs. Tumors that grow from special cells on the intestinal wall known as the interstitial cells of Cajal. These tumors may or may not be cancer. GIST cancers are very different from other more common types of GI tract cancers in treatment and outlook. See also gastrointestinal tract.