When your blood doesn't have enough healthy red blood cells or have enough hemoglobin, you can tire quickly or feel weak. This condition is called anemia. The fatigue that comes with anemia can lead to a decreased quality of life. Some fatigue is not related to anemia. Anemia has three broad causes; blood loss, decreased blood cell production and increased blood cell destruction. The first two are the most relevant for GIST patients.
Stivarga comes in 40 mg tablets. Once opened, it must be used within 28 days. Stivarga must be stored in the bottle that it comes in, the desiccant must remain in the bottle; keep bottle tightly sealed. Do not store in a daily or weekly pill box.
Many new cancer drugs are entering clinical practice and clinical trials. Many GIST patients are no longer responding to Gleevec or Sutent and thus are looking for clinical trials. Understanding strategies and grouping these new drugs into classes with other similar drugs may help patients understand some of their choices.
You may not have noticed, but the clinical trials section of the website has changed dramatically in the last month. This section of the website is now database-driven and has a lot more information.