Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors and Sarcomas

Daniel Oertli, Holger Bannasch, Athanasios Tampakis, Christoph Kettelhack, Tobias Keck


Sarcomas are rare tumors that account for less than 1% of newly diagnosed adult malignancies annually. Soft tissue sarcomas can occur in any part of the body; in decreasing incidence, they are diagnosed as follows: Extremities (59%), trunk (19%), retroperitoneum (13%), head and neck (9%). Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) are also rare neoplasms that develop from the mesenchymal cells of the gastrointestinal tract. Most GISTs are diagnosed in the stomach. The recurrence rate of both groups of tumors (sarcomas > GIST) should be considered relatively high. The authors of this chapter present both the epidemiologic, clinical, and diagnostic bases and the principles of surgical therapy for these tumors. The strategies of nonoperative therapy of these entities are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEssentials of Visceral Surgery : For Residents and Fellows
Number of pages18
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication date01.01.2023
ISBN (Print)9783662667347
ISBN (Electronic)9783662667354
Publication statusPublished - 01.01.2023

Research Areas and Centers

  • Research Area: Luebeck Integrated Oncology Network (LION)
  • Centers: University Cancer Center Schleswig-Holstein (UCCSH)

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 205-14 Haematology, Oncology
  • 205-25 General and Visceral Surgery

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