Gastrointestinal Stromal Cancer

More than half of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) start in the stomach, but they can also begin in the small intestine, colon and rectum or esophagus. Without early detection and treatment, the primary tumor can grow very large or spread (metastasize) to other locations in the body, such as the liver or abdominal cavity.

Our comprehensive multispecialty team diagnoses and treats more upper GI cancer cases than any other hospital in the region. High volumes also indicate better outcomes for more complicated surgical procedures.

Treatments for Gastrointestinal Stromal Cancer

Small, early-stage tumors benefit from certain treatments, while later-stage cancer may require more extensive surgery, targeted chemotherapy and radiation. Our multidisciplinary team of experts will consult with you and your loved ones when it comes to diagnosing and treating your cancer. We provide the experience, technology and personalized treatment options to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

GIST Surgery
This procedure is designed to completely remove the tumor from the affected portion of the body.

Targeted Drug Therapy
A series of anti-cancer drugs aimed at preventing cancer cells from spreading.

Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR)
A procedure to remove early cancers or other abnormal tissues from the digestive tract.

Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD)
This is an advanced endoscopic procedure used to remove tumors that have not entered the muscle layer.

Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
A minimally invasive procedure using high-frequency sound waves to create images of the internal organs. This procedure is meant to diagnose and assess digestive diseases.