Hartford HealthCare Cancer Institute | Gastric Cancer

Gastric Cancers (Gastrointestinal stromal tumors or GISTs) occur in the digestive system.

Other terms for these types of cancers are Gastric myoblastoma and Gastric myosarcoma. The digestive system includes the esophagus, liver, stomach, gall bladder, large and small intestines, and rectum. The digestive system processes food to fuel the body and gets rid of waste. About half of GISTs occur in the stomach, but they can occur anywhere in the digestive system.

Theories about GISTs say that they begin in special cells of the digestive system. These cells are called interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs). They send signals that tell the digestive system to contract, which moves food and liquid through the digestive system.

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