Jefferson University Hospitals

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST), turn to the surgeons at Jefferson's Methodist Hospital who can offer a minimally invasive procedure called laparoscopic gastrectomy to treat this condition.

GIST is one of the most common tumors of the intestinal tract and our surgeons are experts at removing them laparoscopically, resulting in less pain, healing much faster and allowing you to resume normal activity within two weeks.

Stomach cancer can be difficult to diagnose early because there are often no symptoms. To confirm a diagnosis of stomach cancer, turn to the expert physicians at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson. Our physicians may request:

  • A fecal occult blood test - to check for hidden blood in the stool
  • An upper GI series of X-rays
  • Endoscopy with a thin, lighted tube called a gastroscope

To find out whether any other organs are affected, we may order a CT scan, an ultrasound exam or other tests.