Just bumping your post up and also wanted to check in with you to see how everything is going?
Has anyone else had any experience with GIST or Gastrointestinal stromal tumours?
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I am sorry for your diagnosis. It is indeed a very rare cancer. My neice was diagnoased with gist. She attended the Peter Mac centre in Melbourne as there were so few Dr's that knew anything about gist. They consulted with specialists in the US. There used to be a listserve forum online.
I was diagnosed with GIST nearly 18 years ago. I have had 2 surguries and have been on oral chemo called Glivec for 16 years. I am a success story and would love to chat. My experience of late though is that the treatment is really starting to affect my quality of life and I am seeking support and medical assistance to help with side effects.
18 years free is fantastic ! I am yet to see if treatment is recommended by oncologist yet. After reading comments on the gist support group, I'm not looking forward to the side effects that come with the treatment.
Hope the experts can sort your meds out Bron to better suit your course of treatment. Keep in touch via this contact, and let us all know your outcome. Take care
Hi, I have joined the gist support group and the au/nz Gisters.
I did get a little overwhelmed with all the posts.....I guess I need to keep telling myself that everybody is different and each of us respond to treatment in different ways.
My journey has now begun, and now I join the long list of gisters !!
Good luck to is all.
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