Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST)

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Expert Care and Treatment for Sarcoma and GIST

Our Sarcoma Center includes experts who improve the outcome for patients with sarcoma. Your care team will collaborate to develop a comprehensive, personalized treatment plan that offers the most advanced therapies and an array of supportive resources.

Sarcoma Center

What Is a Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST)?

Gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) is a type of tumor that usually begins in cells in the wall of the gastrointestinal tract. It can be benign or malignant. Learn about gastrointestinal stromal tumor and find information on how we support and care for people with GIST before, during, and after treatment.

Why Choose Us

At the Sarcoma Center at Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center, our team of experts work together to provide compassionate and highly coordinated care for patients with GIST. Our center includes leaders in the field who provide our patients with the highest level of care in state-of-the-art facilities. We also perform leading-edge basic scientific and clinical research, with numerous opportunities for patients to participate in clinical trials.

We provide comprehensive services to patients with these cancers, including:  

  • Access to the highest quality clinical research and new drugs available for the treatment of sarcomas and GIST
  • Support services, including nutrition, complementary therapies, spiritual support, and financial help
  • Survivorship programs for patients, plus resources for families and young adults
  • Multidisciplinary care delivered by specialists from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women’s Hospital 

Precision Cancer Medicine: Les's Story

Les was diagnosed with GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumor) more than 20 years ago. After several surgeries, his cancer returned and surgery was no longer an option. Les entered a clinical trial for a targeted therapy and after 14 years on the now FDA-approved drug called Gleevec, he continues to enjoy his grandchildren and fishing.


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We offer a wide range of services, from financial planning to creative arts to spiritual counsel, to support our patients through their cancer experiences.


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