J. Alexander Palesty, MD | Authors

Commentary (Palesty et al)-Imatinib Mesylate: A Molecularly Targeted Therapy for Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors

November 01, 2003

Dr. Eisenberg has produced anexcellent, concise, yet comprehensivereview of the evolutionof the KIT inhibitor imatinibmesylate (Gleevec) and the preoperativeand postoperative treatmentdilemmas surrounding mesenchymalgastrointestinal stromal tumors(GISTs), particularly in the face ofadvanced disease and recurrences. Thefocus of the article is on the naturalhistory of GISTs, from a molecularand pathobiologic perspective, toclarify the rationale for the use ofimatinib.