Monthly Archives: June 2014

The Faces of We Are the Cure – Teena Petersohn

In December, 2013, the Life Raft Group launched its “We Are the Cure” campaign to fund GIST research in response to the shrinking pool of available funds. As a rare disease, GIST research is impacted more than other more common cancers like breast and colon. Institutions like the National Cancer Institute are funding just four to five percent of all research proposals which means that a rare cancer like GIST is lost amongst the roughly 200 cancers competing for funding.

By |2019-09-20T11:28:19-04:00June 26th, 2014|Fundraising, Member Stories, News, Research|

Cancer Treatment – The importance of patient enrollment in clinical trials

The future of cancer treatment relies on patient enrollment in clinical trials. In a recent Chicago Tribune article, a patient story is highlighted to illustrate the important role clinical trials play in cancer treatment, not only in [...]

By |2019-09-20T15:12:24-04:00June 25th, 2014|Advocacy, Clinical Trials, News, Patient Support|

Cancer Treatment – The Emotional and Economic Costs

There are multiple costs associated with cancer treatment. The emotional cost of cancer is obvious: fear and anxiety become constant companions. The economic cost is less apparent initially, as the patient and their support team [...]

By |2019-09-20T15:13:38-04:00June 25th, 2014|Drug Treatment, News|

New Horizons Zurich Meeting Declaration

The 2014 Zurich Declaration Principles for the transition to “Generic Drugs” for GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors) Background and Purpose: GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor) is a rare sarcoma, with an annual incidence of about 15 persons [...]

By |2019-09-24T12:54:57-04:00June 24th, 2014|Advocacy, Global, Patient Support|

Results from collaborative trial announced at ASCO

At the recent American Society of American Oncology Meeting (ASCO), Dr. George Demetri, Director of the Center for Sarcoma and Bone Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, presented results from a collaborative trial that indicates in [...]

By |2019-09-20T15:24:55-04:00June 13th, 2014|Clinical Trials, News|
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