Advanced Gastric (GIST) Cancer

GISTGastric, or stomach cancer, tends to spread to nearby tissues and stay within the abdomen (belly). It may also spread to the liver, lungs, brain, and peritoneum. (It’s still called gastric cancer, even though it’s moved somewhere else.) 

The following is an overview for the treatment for metastatic gastric (GIST) cancer. The information on this web-site is intended to help educate you about your treatment options and to create discussion to help in the decision-making process with your treatment team.  

Your cancer will ultimately influence the treatments that are right for your situation.  

Treatment may also include surgery, radiation, targeted therapy, or a combination of these treatment techniques. Multidisciplinary treatment, which uses two or more treatment types, is important for every cancer patient and will help in creating a care plan and goals for improving a chance of cure or prolonging survival. In some cases, participation in a clinical trial may provide additional options.