Yearly Archives: 2005


Alan Fink – In Memoriam

Alan L. “Alf” Fink died Wednesday, April 13, 2005 after a long battle with GIST. He was 45. Alan was diagnosed in September of 2000. He had surgery weeks later, and also underwent a then-new clinical procedure called photodynamic therapy, which involves using lasers to burn tumor cells after administration of a drug that makes the cancer more sensitive to the laser treatment.

By |2014-09-03T11:40:54-04:00April 13th, 2005|In Memoriam|

Member Story – Rebecca Haines

Mid-year 2003, I thought I had an ulcer. Anti-ulcer medications seemed to help until year’s end. A visit to the primary physician and a referral to a gastroenterologist set me up for an endoscopy. Although this wise diagnostician admitted that he’d never seen a GIST, or gastrointestinal stromal tumor, he said it was a real possibility. His biopsy, however, was "inconclusive."

By |2014-09-03T11:40:54-04:00February 11th, 2005|Member Stories|
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