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.
A new blood testing technology may lead to major changes in treatment of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors. In a study presented in April by Dr. George Demetri of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting, the blood test was shown to be more effective than traditional biopsies in identifying secondary mutations in GIST.
Carrie Broussard gave birth to a healthy baby boy on May 1, after finding out she was pregnant in the midst of treatment with Gleevec. She named him Caelum, which in the Celtic origin means ‘brave warrior’ and in the Australian origin means ‘a gift.”
LRG Global Relations Coordinator Piga Fernández Kaempffer, a GIST patient, gave a conference about her own disease, drawing the attention of professionals, who carefully listened as she shared with them from her perspective the evolution of this pathology.
Rodrigo Salas, the President of Fundación GIST México, participated in the XVL Ordinary Session of the Mexican Academy of Faculties of Medicine on April 19
The numbers of marathon walkers, runners and spectators who gathered in support of Dana Pearson’s GIST fundraiser in Virginia was both heartwarming and astonishing.
Ralph Farmer of Greenwood, Indiana, passed away on April 20, 2013, following a courageous battle with GIST.
All of you who have been a part of The Life Raft Group for the past two years have had the pleasure of getting to know Christine Schaumburg.
As Latin American members meet this week, Alianza GIST has added two representatives, from Brazil and Puerto Rico. Valaria Hartt joins us from Brazil, while Eileen Rolon will represent Puerto Rico.
Here is an overview of what Jim Hughes, Pete Knox and Jerry Call learned at ASCO. There will be a more in depth article to come.