GIST - A Rare Orphan Cancer

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor or GIST is a rare, orphan cancer which starts in a type of tissue called the stromal or the body’s connective tissue (fat, muscle, blood vessels, deep skin tissues, nerves, bones or cartilage). GIST is a silent cancer often spreading before the patient has symptoms. Each year, approximately 5,000 adults in the United States alone are diagnosed with GIST Cancer. The overall five year survival rate of people diagnosed with a malignant tumor has been estimated to be 76%.

Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GISTs) are so rare that the exact number of people diagnosed with these tumors each year is not known. Until the late 1990s, not much research was available about these tumors and doctors didn’t have enough information or solid markers to identify them through testing. According to the American Cancer Society, many doctors misdiagnose GIST as another type of GI cancer. The lifesaving treatment for GIST was delayed and the GIST Cancer destroyed lives.

Fox Chase Cancer Center Applauds GCRF For Its Generous Support

Margaret von Mehren, MD, Chief, Division of Sarcoma Medical Oncology, Lori Rink, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Martin Belinsky, Ph.D., Staff Scientist discuss the strides in finding a cure for GIST Cancer which were made possible by the GIST Cancer Research Fund.

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GCRF has GIST Cancer Bracelets, Ribbons and T-Shirts available for sale. By wearing and displaying them, you are spreading a message and awareness to find a cure for this rare cancer.

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