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Dr. Kris Gast

Radiation Oncology
Fort Smith, AR
33 years experience female

Locations

FSRO

Fort Smith, AR

Address

8500 South 36th Terrace, Fort Smith, AR, US
Directions

My office hours

Saturday: Closed
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Insurances accepted

Aetna Life Insurance Company

About

Bio

Dr. Kris Gast is an Independent Radiation Oncologist in the River Valley of Eastern OK/Western AR. She has been a physician since 1990, and at her current location for over 20 years. Her specialties include breast, prostate, lung, lymphoma, rectal, and head and neck cancers. She owns and operates the only physician run clinic in the area. She teaches pre med students at UAFS and medical students from the Osteopathic School. She answers questions weekly and writes a article monthly for the Southwest Times Record, Cancer Demystified. . Her greatest passion is to help cancer patients become healthier after the diagnosis of cancer then they were before. She also has an ever growing practice of patients with chronic diseases like fibromyalgia, IBS, obesity, diabetes, RA, & autoimmune.

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Radiation Oncology

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205 Answers
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Sore throat=CA?: Smoking and drinking do increase the chance of developing throat/tonsil CA. HPV can also be linked with CA in this area. Usually it would occur at a l... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Smokeless TOB&CA: Smokeless or chewing TOB has been linked to cancers of the oral cavity, esophageal and pancreatic cancers. Esophageal and pancreatic are two of the to... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Dry thin hair& skin: Sounds like you've had all the proper blood work. I would make sure you get vit D and B checked. You could have an intolerance to gluten which would n... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Hematuria & chemo: There are two chemo drugs that cause blood in the urine: Ifosfamide and cyclofosfamide
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A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Lab results: OK here we go: RBC, HCT look at if you are anemic, u arent. WBC are the cells that fight infection:U are normal. MCH is a test to evaluate the differ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Cysts vs cancer: Cancer is a growth of cells that once it gets started it won't stop. It is usually solid. A cyst is like a balloon full of water. Lots of people have ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Med for dry skin: The best thing for your skin is to drink lots of water. Externally using a retinol based compound will keep it healthy. Supplement wise i prefer imed... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Signs&sx prostate CA: Early prostate ca is silent. There are really no symptoms. Most men will have trouble with bladder function as they age but this is not related to ear... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Low grade lymphoma: Lymphomas are cancers that start in the lymphatic/immune system. There are many different kinds. Low grade means the cells are slow growing. B cell d... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Serious Health issue: The only way to know what's going on in your body is to know what is normal for your body and your age. Participate in the regular screening studies a... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Marks after acne: Well if you think about it acne marks or scars are no different than any other scar...If they are pink or discolored use a product like meriderm or a ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Nodes on CT: This is the radiologist describing how the lymph nodes look...They were easily seen and were separate from the surrounding tissue. As opposed to havi... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Back pain&disc dz: Sounds like from the partial report that there is a reduction in space between the 12th thoracic and the first lumbar vertebrae. There is thickening i... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Back pain&ovarianCA: Ovarian ca is the silent ca. It is hard to diagnosis and it can be easily confused with other problems. Symptoms are bloating, pelvic and back pain, f... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Burning and burping: Sounds like the Nexium (esomeprazole) decreased your acid production but didn't fix the cause of your pain.It could be that your stomach has become ra... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Ignore: Do take pain meds, don't skip a dose. Do what you feel like doing, don't over do. Avoid contipation.
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Ovarian cancer: It sounds like you have been very ill. Ovarian cancer is silent until a later stage. Your symptoms are very concerning. You should call your ob/gyn do... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Ignore: Use a retinol cream daily to keep your skin healthy.Wear sunscreen when outside, don't for get hands.
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Blister on breast: Most skin problems related to being hot on the breast are from a yeast over growth. Many women have chronic yeast overgrowth under their breasts. Hydr... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Pelvic pain: If you've had your period say about 2 weeks ago, and the pain is an ache or sharp off to one side than I would suggest that your pain is actually from... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Lowest survival CA: When you look at the data you find that pancreatic cancer comes up first(? or last). There are two other cancers that have a worse prognosis...Gliobla... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
After CA diagnosis: Well of course it depends on what type of cancer....usually consults with a surgeon, radiation oncologist, and medical oncologist are all in order. S... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
CA & Teratoma: Teratoma is a tumor with more than one tissue or organ in it that are all normal, like teeth and hair. Tumor is just a mass or lump. CA is made up of ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
CA and estrogen: As with most of medicine we think we know how estrogen causes CA but this is still being evaluated...E stimulates certain cells. Some of the different... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Sore throat=CA?: Smoking and drinking do increase the chance of developing throat/tonsil CA. HPV can also be linked with CA in this area. Usually it would occur at a l... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
After colonoscopy: Normally 3 to 4 days to get back to normal. If you are still not back to your normal bowel habits you need to call your doctor. Maybe there was an a... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Pap and ovarian CA: First just remember a Pap test is only good for finding cervical CA. It doesn't find ovarian or uterine CA. That's why ovarian CA is called the silent... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
CA & blood clots: Patients with CA are at increased risk of blood clots, even before treatment. Clots can be the first sign of CA. If a pt is having problems with clots... Read More
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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Hiatal hernia: Sx u are describing sound like hiatal hernia wth reflux.This is when portion of stomach pooches thru the hole in diaphragm where your esophagus would ... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Bone CA: Most cases of bone ca are other types of ca that have spread to the bone secondarily. Some pts with metastatic bone ca can live a long time, such as b... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Breast CA&symptoms: Breast CA is usually found on mammogram. The pt may not even feel anything. Some pts will have a mass or a lump in the breast. Even when breast CA has... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Enlarged Nodes: Lymph nodes act as the filters for the lymphatic system. They can collect all sorts of bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells. Enlarged nodes could be i... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
CA silent killers: There are a few cancers that present late in the course of the disease because they have very vague or even common symptoms. Some examples are ovarian... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Sore breasts: Your breast tissue responds to lots of different things...like hormones, caffeine,stress...they are not exactly a static organ. Do an exam twice a mon... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Hair loss in women: Well you've already had the thyroid checked. Being anemic can cause all kinds of problems. Alopecia areata is a immune disorder where your own immune ... Read More
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A 67-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Bilirubin levels: Well it seems to be trending down. Lab results in general can be variable....sometimes a little higher sometimes a little lower. A difference of 10 p... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Radiation & CA: Radiation can cause cancer but that was a very low dose. The chance you would get cancer from Two CTs is next to zero. Do try to limit the number of x... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Vit D deficiency: Vit D levels are low in lots of pts. Most docs who check it will tell you it needs to be about 60, range is 30 to 100. A level of 9.7 will take a wh... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Birthing and sex: After passing a cantaloupe thur your vagina,most OB docs want you to wait six weeks to have sex. Now that includes anal since the rectal area was stre... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Bladder cancer: Definitely need follow up. It would be uncommon to have had a papillary bladder ca that spread to the lungs. If there is concern about a new ca I wo... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Time of radiation: Each treatment which is given daily can last between 10 and 20 minutes depending on the complexity of your treatment plan and the experience of your t... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
ED and Prostate CA: Really all treatments for prostate cancer can cause some level of ed. This includes surgery, seeds, external radiation, hormone therapy. The only "t... Read More
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A 75-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Pinpoint vs beam: Cyberknife is a specialized form of external radiation. It is usually used for cancers that are small and very localized. The treatments are given o... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Menopause&hyst: Well i think if your doctor has put you on estrogen after your hyst you had your ovaries removed too and effectively entered menopause with their remo... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Anal ca treatment: Treatment for anal cancer consists of radiation and chemotherapy. This "recipe" has been curing patients for nearly thirty years!
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Itchy and sweaty: In this area of your body the most common cause of itching especially associated with sweating is a overgrowth of your normal yeast. We have bacteria ... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Stage IV lung cancer: Straight to the point...There is nothing that will change or delay the inevitalbe. Everyday is a blessing and is precious and you should treat it as ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
LungCA&coma: Assuming the coma is due to the lung cancer?...He would have a slim chance of coming out of it. If the coma is due to pneumonia/infection or some othe... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Muscle aches&brainCA: Most individuals in your age group would most likely have knotted up shoulder and neck muscles which will radiate to your head and give you regular he... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
AIDS&Cancer: Nearly 40% of aids pts will develop cancer with the first three being the most common lymphoma, kaposi's sarcoma, cervical, followed by hodgkin's, he... Read More
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Jul 8, 2013
Very informative and Healthtap is lucky to have her
HealthTap member
Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Gast is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Gast is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
HealthTap member
Thank you. I do feel like a pest but I may just follow your advise! Thanks for your time and attention to this! :)
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Have fevers 1yr+ neck nodes 4mos but bloods & U/S ok & docs dismissive
HealthTap member
Your answer made me feel good! Thanks :) Thank you so much for the quick response. Amazing what this app can do

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

University of Kansas School of Medicine, KS
Graduated 1990MD

Residency

Medical Center
Completed 1990

Awards

Leadership Fort Smith Healthcare award
Top Doctor, First Place, Fort Smith Region, AR - Summer
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Fort Smith Region, AR - Summer
2013

Affiliations

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