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

Thursday: 8:00am - 5:00am
Show more

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.

Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Radiation Oncology

Doctor Q&A

205 Answers
44 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Chemo&ca growth: Well unfortunately in the world of medicine and especially in cancer...Anything can happen .The radiation will only treat within the area it is aimed.... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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!
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
BreastCA&radiation: Most ladies will have two options for treatment of the primary breast cancer at the time of diagnosis:mastectomy/axillary sampling or breast conservin... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Immunity and XRT: Twenty five years ago we checked white counts(immune system) on every patient receiving radiation every week. We found very few of the patients had a... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 72-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Safe and effective: Radiation is an excellent option for treatment of prostate cancer. It is also the easiest and has the least side effects in comparison to the other o... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Nasal cancer: Chemotherapy alone won't get rid of nasal cancer.Usually nasal/sinus cancer is treated with a combination of surgery, and radiation plus or minus chem... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Lung CA and Bleeding: I have to assume this is prior to diagnosis and treatment?Lung cancer is much like an open sore that won't heal.At times when you cough the scab loose... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Nodes and skin ca: Squamous cell overall has a 10 to 15% rate of nodal spread, depending on the depth of invasion, the grade, the size of the lesion, how long it has bee... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Squamous cell: Well you are obviously reading a path report.This does not tell where the cancer cells are from.They are cancer..Hence the carcinoma.The cells are fro... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Vaccine cervical CA: It will protect you, just like any other vaccine, from getting some of the many human papilloma viruses.There are many, it covers some that have been ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Estrogen patch peels: Look at the patch and see where the drug is actually located. I think it is mostly toward the center and the edges are just the adhesive. You wouldn... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Estrogen2use or not: Estrogens are like any other med. They have side effects some good, some bad. If your family history is strong for cardiac or osteoporosis estrogen is... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Cancer pain: Managing cancer pain depends on what is causing the pain.In general patients will be given oral pain meds that are used every 4to6 hours, this is foll... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Ovarian CA: Your ovaries are made up of a number of different tissues, all of which can become cancer. Each type will or can cause a mass. Mass being a lump of ti... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
VoluntaryConstipatin: Waiting to go when you have to is probably not such a good idea.It can result in large volumes of stool in the rectal area which acts as a holding pla... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Family HX& breast CA: You will be at risk for developing breast cancer just like the rest of us. In order to have an increased risk due to family...You need two first degr... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Two primary cancers: Yes you can have two different cancers at the same time. We often will find the second cancer in the process of working up the full extent of the fir... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
LungCa &back pain: Back pain when you have cancer can be very difficult and a bit unnerving to deal with...Is it my cancer or just regular back pain? Usually if it is re... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Polyps and cancer: Good grief , no. Lots of people have polyps when they get scoped, but they are not cancer. Some polyps can become cancer over time, that's why we re... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
How long haveIhad it: This is an age old question which i think every cancer patient asks at some point. How long does it take before I have symptoms, how long has it been... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Looking at CA cells: That's the whole name of the game.Tissue is sent to the pathologist who "looks" at it under the microscope and then tells the rest of us what kind of ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
TOB and esophageal: If you are asking you must be having some symptoms.Smoking does increase the risk of throat and esphageal cancer as does drinking.Tobacco in multiple ... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Chemotherapy nuclear: Chemotherapy is a chemical, usually a toxic chemical that one would consider poison if used in a particular way. It is in no way nuclear or radioacti... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Childhood cancer: There are tremendous consequenses to our kids that are treated for cancer with surgery, radiation, and chemo.They live a long time and can have all ki... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Value of cancer: When a person is given a cancer diagnosis their life changes, dramaticallyit does so not by just the treatment and the side effects that than follow b... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Asbestos removal: You will need to hire a certified team to remove any asbestos.First have it tested to make sure it's really asbestos.Asbestos is most dangerous when r... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 33 years experience
Abd, bowel symptoms: Well you can get full easily if you are contipated, but you are also 39 yo and unfortunately we are seeing colon cancer in younger pts.If you have a c... Read More
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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.
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.
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
Created for people with ongoing healthcare needs but benefits everyone.

Testimonials
Recommendations and Thank you notes are endorsements given from patients or other doctors.

3
Recommendations
387
Thank you notes
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! :)
HealthTap member
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

ACS
ASTRO
ASCO
90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions, provide medical advice, write prescriptions, and more.
Answer emailed
in 24 hours or less