There are many ways to make a difference in the life of a cancer patient. We've put together four that can help make a cancer patient's day.
Comprehensive resources for cancer patients and caregivers can be found on Patient Resource’s website. This is valuable information, not only for GIST patients, but also for those who may have friends and loved ones with other diagnoses.
Dialogue with your treatment team about your prognosis is key in maintaining open lines of communication. Ira Byock, MD shares some tips for talking about prognosis with your physician.
All relationships have to weather storms, but when a couple faces the challenges of cancer treatment, intimacy can suffer. Intimacy can be difficult for any couple, but cancer and intimacy can be an even larger obstacle.
Living with GIST can be stressful. There are many coping mechanisms to deal with chronic disease, but one that you may not have used in the past is one that others coping with stress have found enormously helpful: writing.
Charlie Burke has developed a thick skin when it comes to cancer. After surviving bouts with colorectal, thyroid and skin cancers, he was well acquainted with the routine of doctor’s appointments, hospital visits, surgeries and regular treatment that accompany disease by the time a GIST tumor was discovered in his colon. However, as any of our members will tell you, GIST comes with its own unique lexicon to master and set of challenges to overcome.
Approximately less than one minute into talking with Mariel and Terrance Pridmore, one thing became very clear—they cannot wait to go back to camp.
Many GIST patients use a Proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) to combat the side effects of nausea and acid reflux. PPI's help treat gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, when stomach acid backs up into the esophagus. Three [...]
Telling your children you have GIST can be a stressful time. Here are 5 tips to help you tell your kids you have GIST. Unfortunately there is not a perfect way to tell your kids [...]
In this section we will focus on understanding your fear of recurrence and examine scanziety. Most cancer patients encounter some fear of recurrence (the return of disease) during their cancer survivorship. This is a very [...]