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Preparing for treatment for a GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumor) can feel overwhelming, leaving you unsure of where to begin. At Moffitt Cancer Center, we understand the complex emotions that our patients experience after receiving a diagnosis and while considering their treatment options. To help you cope with the many challenges you’re facing, here are four steps you can keep in mind to help you prepare for GIST treatment:

  1. Choose an experienced cancer team. GIST treatment often includes surgery, and the experience of the surgeon performing the procedure matters. As a high-volume cancer center, Moffitt sees and treats many GIST patients every year. Our surgeons therefore possess an unsurpassed level of expertise that contributes to improved outcomes and a better quality of life for our patients.
  2. Ask your physician questions. One of your best sources for information is your physician, who can provide you with information and advice based on your unique circumstances. Every patient is different, and the physician or surgeon familiar with your case will be able to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
  3. Be patient during the recovery. Following your GIST treatment, you will need to take some time to recover. You won’t be able to immediately return to your normal activities, and knowing this ahead of time can help you set realistic expectations for your recovery.
  4. Have a support team in place. Because you will need some time to recover, many patients find it helpful to have a support team available following their treatment. This can include friends and family members who can take care of some of your daily tasks so that you can focus on your recovery.

Where can I get more information on GIST treatment?

Moffitt welcomes patients seeking treatment for a GIST at our cancer center. The multispecialty team within our Gastrointestinal Oncology Program is dedicated to providing the best possible treatment to our patients. If you would like to learn more about receiving GIST treatment at Moffitt, call 1-888-663-3488 or fill out a new patient registration form. No referral is required.