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Stanford's Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST) Expertise

Stanford's Gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Program offers a multi-specialty team of doctors specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST). These specialists come from a broad spectrum of disciplines, including radiology, interventional radiology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, pathology, and gastroenterology. Together they participate in Stanford's multi-specialty GI Cancer Tumor Board, ensuring superior treatment for their patients.

Specialized treatments include:

  • Advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques
  • Upfront targetted therapy to reduce the size of tumor prior to operation
  • Targeted therapies, such as imatinib (Gleevec), which has become standard

Stanford operates a dedicated weekly multi-specialty GI Tumor Board attended by surgical oncologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, diagnostic radiologists, and pathologists.

When appropriate, patients are invited to participate in studies of new treatments as well as large-scale multicenter clinical trials.

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