A gastrointestinal stromal tumor or GIST starts in special cells in the wall of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, also known as the digestive tract. An uncommon cancer, a gastrointestinal stromal tumor is different from other types of GI tract cancers. They start in different types of cells, therefore need different types of treatment and have a different prognosis.
Choosing a Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor Specialist in Florida
Since a gastrointestinal stromal tumor starts within a distinct type of cell, an accurate diagnosis is vital to determining the most appropriate treatment. Our multispecialty team includes specialists from our Sarcoma and Gastrointestinal Oncology Programs, such as:
- Surgical oncologists
- Medical oncologists
- Radiation oncologists
- Interventional radiologists
- Endoscopy specialists
Latest Treatment Options
At Moffitt, our experienced specialists work together to arrange an individualized treatment plan for each gastrointestinal stromal tumor patient. This multispecialty team meets weekly in a tumor board to collaboratively diagnose, monitor and adjust each patient’s treatment plan as necessary. A recommended treatment option may include one or more of the following:
- Targeted therapy
- Radiation therapy
- Clinical research trials
Patient and Family-Centered Care
We know and understand that caregivers and families play a vital role in ensuring the health and well-being of our patients. In Patient and Family-Centered Care, patients define their "family" and determine how they will participate in care and decision-making. By working with your team, we can achieve the highest quality of care.
Why Patients Choose Moffitt?
Moffitt is a high-volume cancer center, therefore our providers see more cases of uncommon cancers such as gastrointestinal stromal tumors or GISTs than are seen at many other cancer hospitals.
Our dedication to advancing cancer research has earned us the Comprehensive Cancer Center designation by the National Cancer Institute. We are proud to be the only cancer center based in Florida to hold such a distinction.
Gastrointestinal stromal tumor patients traveling from throughout Florida to Moffitt can take advantage of our partner hotels that offer discounts and other amenities such as shuttle service. We also have several locations throughout the Tampa Bay area, in addition to established partnerships with Memorial Healthcare System and AdventHealth who work with us to deliver top-notch diagnosis, treatment and support to our patients.
If you have been diagnosed with a gastrointestinal stromal tumor, call 1-888-663-3488 or complete a new patient registration form online to discuss your treatment options. Your cancer diagnosis is our top priority, speak to a cancer expert within one day.