Adjuvant Therapy of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)

Adult Mesenchymal Tumour Medical Oncology Unit, Istituto Nazionale Tumori, Via G. Venezian 1, 20133, Milano, Italy.
Current Treatment Options in Oncology (Impact Factor: 3.24). 06/2012; 13(3):277-84. DOI: 10.1007/s11864-012-0198-0
Source: PubMed


Imatinib was proven to be effective for the adjuvant treatment of localized, surgically excised, gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST). Currently, there is proof that it is able to delay relapse and prolong survival. An effect on cure rate of localized GIST is still to be proven, given the shape of relapse-free survival curves, which apparently tend to overlap after 2-3 years from completion of the adjuvant period. Although observation for a longer follow-up is needed, attempts to prolong adjuvant therapy beyond the currently standard 3 years have been made and the results are awaited. However, the impact of more prolonged adjuvant intervals on secondary resistance is unknown, so that standard practice is still 3 years in most institutions. The adjuvant choice should be based on a rather precise identification of the relapse risk of the single patient, reserving treatment to the high-risk subgroups. The choice also should be personalized on the basis of genotype: generally, PDGFRA D842V mutated and wild-type GIST are excluded. Additional results from completed trials on a longer follow-up are awaited to further refine such "precision" decision-making. There are several instances in which part of the "adjuvant" treatment may be administered preoperatively, even on the face of a surgically resectable GIST, to make surgery more limited and/or safer.

13 Reads
  • Source
    • "Based on this risk classification, all the patients with tumour rupture should be considered at high risk for recurrence [39] [37]. Imatinib mesylate, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor, has been found to be beneficial after radical resective surgery of high-risk GISTs [39] [40]. More recently, adjuvant therapy with imitinab has been used with wider indications, such as intermediate-risk tumours with size > 3 cm and primary tumours with rupture or perforation . "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: A few cases of acute abdomen caused by perforation of small-intestinal gastrointestinal stromal tumours (GISTs) have been reported in the literature. Together with a review of the published cases, here we report a case of an elderly patient with peritonitis due to spontaneous perforation of a GIST of the jejunum. An 82-year-old man was admitted to the emergency unit of our hospital with fever and severe abdominal pain. An abdominal enhanced computed tomography scan detected a 6cm solid mass in the left upper quadrant adherent to a jejunal loop and surrounded by free fluid and free air. Due to the radiological features of the mass, the diagnosis of a perforation of a GIST arising from the jejunum wall was suspected. The patient underwent emergency laparotomy. Intraoperative findings confirmed diffuse peritonitis secondary to jejunal tumour perforation. A segmental resection of the jejunum containing the mass was performed followed by a mechanical end-to-side anastomosis. The histopathologic examination of the mass confirmed the diagnosis of a perforated GIST of the small intestine (high-risk category). The post-operative course was uneventful and the patient was treated with adjuvant imatinib therapy. Twenty-one other cases of spontaneous perforation of small intestine GISTs are reported in the literature and are summarized in the present review. The described case is the tip of the iceberg and spontaneous rupture or perforation of GISTs are a far more frequent first presentation of this rare tumour. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
    Full-text · Article · Dec 2014 · International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Drug "repurposing" is the process of finding new therapeutic indications for existing drugs, and can be considered as a more efficient and realistic strategy for the design of therapies against rare diseases than the current efforts to develop targeted-drugs. In this review, we explore the difficulties related to the identification and development of tailored therapies for individual patients with sarcomas, which are relatively rare diseases characterized by an extreme genetic and histologic variability. Overall, sarcomas comprise about 1% of all adult tumors and 10% of pediatric cancers. They are conventionally divided in bone and soft-tissue sarcomas, considering their site of origin. However, each group is highly heterogeneous and recent global characterization of their genetic alterations has clearly identified the existence of peculiarities that render these group of tumors even more "orphan" for pharmaceutical companies to develop and market specific- targeted drugs. The present review highlights key examples of molecular targets identification in bone sarcomas, reexamining the history of insulin-like growth factor receptor (IGF-IR) and its role in physiology and in cancer as well as developments regarding phase I to II clinical trials of agents directed against this receptor. The IGF system is quite complex, with many players in the field. Insulin receptor function in cancer cells has certainly been underestimated, but also little attention was paid to the type of ligands that are mainly involved in each tumor type. Strategies considering the system in its complex are encouraged and, in this context, drugs aimed at reducing circulating insulin levels, such as metformin, should receive attention as potential anti-cancer agents.
    No preview · Article · Feb 2013 · Current pharmaceutical design
  • [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are the most common mesenchymal tumor of the gastrointestinal tract. Soon after GIST was recognized as a tumor driven by a KIT or platelet-derived growth factor receptor mutation, it became the first solid tumor target for tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapies. More recently, alternative molecular mechanisms for GIST pathogenesis have been discovered. These are related to deficiencies in the succinate dehydrogenase complex, NF1-gene alterations in connection with neurofibromatosis type 1 tumor syndrome, and mutational activation of the BRAF oncogene in very rare cases.
    No preview · Article · Jun 2013 · Gastroenterology clinics of North America
Show more