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Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST)

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST) are aggressive cancers that may be associated with swelling, difficulty eating, bloating, bleeding, and pain. GIST are uncommon and often require a coordinated treatment plan that includes surgery and chemotherapy. It is very important that the proper surgery be performed.

Physicians who treat GIST:

Robert C.G. Martin, II, M.D., Ph.D.

Robert C.G. Martin, II, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinics and times
UofL Physicians-Surgery office, 601 South Floyd, Suite 710 -- Monday mornings
James G. Brown Cancer Center -- 1st and 3rd Monday afternoons
Norton Medical Plaza, Old Brownsboro Crossing -- 2nd and 4th Monday afternoons
Clinic Contact: Traci Hayat 583-8303

Kelly M. McMasters, M.D., Ph.D.

Kelly M. McMasters, M.D., Ph.D.
Clinics and times
UofL Physicians-Surgery office, 601 South Floyd, Suite 710 -- Friday mornings
James G. Brown Cancer Center -- Tuesday mornings
Clinic Contact: Pam Boone 583-8303

Prejesh Philips, M.D.

Prejesh Philips, M.D.

Charles R. Scoggins, M.D., M.B.A.

Charles R. Scoggins, M.D., M.B.A.
Clinics and times
UofL Physicians-Surgery office, 601 South Floyd, Suite 710 -- Monday mornings
James G. Brown Cancer Center -- 1st and 3rd Monday afternoons
Norton Medical Plaza, Old Brownsboro Crossing -- 2nd and 4th Monday afternoons
Clinic Contact: Traci Hayat 583-8303


Special therapies for GIST offered by the Division of Surgical Oncology:

  • Resection (surgery) of GIST.
  • Laparoscopic surgery.

Research protocols currently open for GIST:

  • ACOSOG Z9001- randomized Gleevec vs. Placebo
  • Cell-saver autotransfusion in surgical oncology
  • Biobanking of tumor tissue for molecular research
  • reGISTry- computerized database study of GIST outcomes