GIST Day of Learning (GDOL) is a free one-day educational event that will be held at the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami, Fla. on Saturday, May 19, 2012. In addition to sharing hope and friendship, attendees will learn important facts about their cancer, prevailing treatment options, tests as indicators for treatment surveillance, and coping with dietary changes and side-effects of treatment. In addition to GIST Specialist Jonathan C. Trent, M.D., Ph.D., GIST Day of Learning has added some very prominent speakers to the line-up!

Elizabeth Fontao, M.S., P.A.-C., who works closely with Dr. Trent at the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center to support sarcoma patients, will be presenting for the “Managing Side-Effects” session. We are also honored to have Alan S. Livingstone, M.D. speaking for the “Surgery and Other Options” session. Dr. Livingstone currently serves as the Lucille and DeWitt Daughtry Professor and Chairman of the DeWitt Daughtry Family Department of Surgery at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. Additionally, he maintains a busy surgical practice and serves as the Chief of Surgical Services at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami Hospital, as well as the Chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology.

Joining to give a talk on “Understanding Pathology and the Role of Mutations in GIST Treatment” will be Andrew E. Rosenberg, M.D., Professor of Pathology, Director of Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology and Director of Surgical Pathology at the University of Mi-ami. During his 27 years working in the pathology field, Dr. Rosenberg has published numerous research papers and has held the prestigious honor of serving as a professor at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.

We are very grateful to all of our speakers for generously donating their time to educate the GIST community. We are also honored to collaborate with University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center for this endeavor.

For more information about GIST Day of Learning, please contact the LRG at 973-837-9092.

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