By Ronald DeMatteo
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Does the nature of the primary mutation affect my prognosis or treatment? About 90% of all GISTs carry a primary mutation in either the KIT or PDGFRA genes. The presence or absence of a mutation does not necessarily determine the aggressiveness of a GIST. Early studies seemed to show a relationship between KIT gene mutations and aggressive tumors. We now know, however, that even small GISTs with a low risk for malignancy typically carry KIT mutations. In other words, a KIT mutation seems to be an early event in the development of a GIST.
The distribution of GISTs by race is uncertain, as large epidemiology studies have not yet been performed. 13. Did something in my environment cause my GIST? No environ mental factors appear to be associated with GIST. No environmental factors appear to be associated with GISTs. Because of the infrequency of the disease, however, there has not been any formal study of risk factors for GISTs. In general, a large number of patients need to be analyzed to identify risk factors for any disease. Until recently, physicians could not identify large numbers of GIST patients.