This month, Novartis Pharmaceuticals (maker of Gleevec) launched a new website designed to help optimize the outcome of GIST patients taking Gleevec. Some of the featured content is about blood level testing for GIST. In addition, the website prominently links to the Avantix labs website (www.bloodleveltesting.com) for testing Gleevec blood levels in CML and GIST.
Berthe (Maurice) Gowdy, 80, of Hudson, died Wed. Jan. 21, 2009 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack, NH surrounded by her loving family.
During my teenage years I experienced a lot of stomach problems. In 1988 I was traveling in the US when a doctor visit led to the discovery of a 6cm x 9cm tumor in my stomach. I had a laporotomy at Panarama Community Hospital in Los Angeles, and was sent home to Sydney, Australia for my recovery. At the time, my diagnosis was leiomyoma with an uncertain malignant potential. Within three months, the tumor was back and had doubled in size and in pain. The next year I had a partial gastrectomy which removed the tumor and the top half of my stomach. This was a huge operation that nearly cost me my life.
Treatment strategies & mutational testing were among key topics at CTOS 2008. There were also other presentations and posters regarding GIST were presented at the Connective Tissue Oncology Society (CTOS) meeting on November 13 to [...]
This article explains hereditary GIST. Familial cancer syndrome is a genetic condition that causes an increased risk for specific types of cancers. Familial cancer syndromes account for only five to ten percent of all [...]
Gleevec was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent Gastrointestinal Cancer(imatinib mesylate) for a new indication. This will keeping cancer from growing in patients following surgical removal of a gastrointestinal stromal tumor [...]
Ten years ago, Jerry Call was introduced to this world as he sat next to his wife of 15 years, Stephanie, and learned of her leimomyosarcoma (LMS) diagnosis.
Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are caused by mutations in the KIT or PDGFRA (platelet-derive growth factor receptor alpha) receptor tyrosine kinase genes and can successfully be treated with imatinib mesylate
Sarah (Blanche) Ferris was born in Willcox, Arizona on April 27, 1935. She was the youngest of seven children born to Alma (Brown) and Joseph Wootan. Her siblings were Arthur, Harold and Roy (deceased) and she is survived by Dora, David and Gerald. Blanche married Delle Ferris on February 9, 1952
On November 20, 2008, the LRG held its Fifth Annual Poker Tournament at the Midtown Loft on Fifth Avenue in New York City. It is always a remarkable evening and has become a muchlooked- forward-to event for LRG staff and supporters.