Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)

Learn how gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) are diagnosed and treated at Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center.

Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are rare, soft tissue tumors that begin in special cells located within the gastrointestinal walls called the interstitial cells of the cajal.

At Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center, patients with gastrointestinal stromal tumors receive their care from a team of nationally recognized experts in the diagnosis, treatment and research of GISTs.

Our approach to cancer diagnosis and treatment provides better outcomes and gives you access to the most advanced treatment, surgical techniques and clinical trials. Our physicians work together to create personalized treatment plans tailored to the unique needs of every patient with GISTs.

Oncology Patient Navigators

Every step of cancer treatment, from a cancer diagnosis and treatment, to forming a survivorship plan, comes with different needs and issues that should be addressed. 

Oncology patient navigators are committed to making sure every patient experience is as comfortable as possible. They are experts in navigating complex health care situations and serve as a consistent point of contact and a reliable source for advice, support and direction for patients and families. 

Learn more about Oncology Patient Navigators at the Abramson Cancer Center.