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Melissa D. Shepherd, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Huntsman Cancer Institute, discusses the various players involved in the care of a patient with GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumors).
BY Melissa D. Shepherd
PUBLISHED October 22, 2015
Melissa D. Shepherd, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Huntsman Cancer Institute, discusses the various players involved in the care of a patient with GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumors).

The GIST health care team consists of (but is not limited to) a surgeon, medical oncologist, pathologist, radiologist, nurses and social worker. Many patients with GIST are referred to a specialty center, Shepherd says, which can provide several advantages.

Health care providers in a specialty center deal with GIST on a more common basis, Shepherd says.

“Often times with specialty centers, too, they’re all housed together — so the surgeon, the radiation doctor, the chemotherapy doctor, they’re all in the same office and talk to each other on a regular basis,” Shepherd says. “[This] can really help smooth the transition between all of your treatments.”

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