Gastrointestinal stromal tumor gist if you have a gastrointestinal stromal tumor or are close to someone who does knowing what to expect can help you cope here you can find out all about gastrointestinal stromal tumors including risk factors symptoms how they are found and how they are treated. Gastrointestinal stromal tumors gastrointestinal stromal tumors gists are uncommon tumors of the gi tract these tumors start in very early forms of special cells in the wall of the gi tract called the interstitial cells of cajal iccs iccs are cells of the autonomic nervous system the part of the nervous system that regulates body processes such as digesting food. Gastrointestinal stromal tumor is a disease in which abnormal cells form in the tissues of the gastrointestinal tract genetic factors can increase the risk of having a gastrointestinal stromal tumor. Gastrointestinal stromal tumors gists are soft tissue sarcomas that can be located in any part of the digestive system their most common sites are the stomach and small intestine gists start in specialized nerve cells located in the walls of your digestive system these cells are part of the autonomic nervous system. Gastrointestinal stromal tumors gists are the most common mesenchymal neoplasms of the gastrointestinal tract gists arise in the smooth muscle pacemaker interstitial cell of cajal or similar cells
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