Monthly Archives: June 2013

How ‘Next Generation’ DNA sequencing is changing the landscape of GIST research and diagnosis

During the past dozen years gastrointestinal stromal tumors have emerged from oncologic obscurity and reached center-stage in the development of targeted therapies for solid tumors. Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) like imatinib, sunitinib, and more recently regorafenib, have proven effective in suppressing the growth of metastatic GIST, allowing patients to live far longer than during the previous era of ineffective chemotherapy.

By |2019-09-20T12:32:28-04:00June 11th, 2013|News, Research|

First GDOL Chicago hits a homerun!

Our first Chicago GIST Day of Learning (GDOL) was a huge success! Over 50 GISTers and their families gathered for a great day of learning, and sharing experiences. It was wonderful to get to meet so many new people and reconnect with old friends.

By |2019-09-20T12:33:07-04:00June 11th, 2013|GIST Education, Gleevec, News, Patient Support, Survival Strategies|

Our Decision to Enter Hospice

I’ve been thinking a lot about writing this article. The last thing I want to do is cause worry or pain to anyone reading this. Then I thought of all the people who could possibly benefit in the future from knowing ahead of time what we didn’t know at the time we needed to know it.

By |2018-07-06T13:30:18-04:00June 11th, 2013|Coping with GIST, News, Sutent|

10 things you need to know about hospice

1. Comfort is the goal of hospice – Many people think entering hospice is “giving up”, but that’s not true. Hospice is where you go to live comfortably with issues that are no longer in your control. The nurses and staff of hospice are there to assist you and your family in your own home, and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week if needed.

By |2019-09-20T12:34:45-04:00June 11th, 2013|Coping with GIST, News, Patient Support|
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