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Personalized medicine: is it myth or reality?

Executive Director’s report focuses on better treatment options for GISTers For my Executive Director’s report, I usually highlight the many accomplishments of the Life Raft Group. Some of which include: Launching a GIST Day [...]

By |2019-09-20T13:17:52-04:00February 1st, 2013|Advocacy, Executive Director's Report, Mutational Testing, News|

New gene panel takes mutation testing to a new level

A new gene panel takes mutation testing to a new level. The panel tests for mutations in 23 genes at once will help to properly classify wild-type GIST patients.  Working with next generation sequencing [...]

By |2019-09-20T13:54:43-04:00August 1st, 2012|Mutational Testing, News, Pediatric GIST|

LRG Launches Mutational & Plasma Level Testing Survey Project

Recently, the Life Raft Group began work on a survey project sponsored by Novartis Pharmaceuticals designed to assess knowledge and practices among patients and physicians regarding mutational analysis and plasma level testing.

By |2019-04-08T08:49:37-04:00October 1st, 2011|Mutational Testing, News, Survival Strategies|

State of the GIST Community Part 3: What do we know about mutational testing?

As of May 1, 2011, the LRG patient registry only received 377 reports of mutations out of 1,327 patients, which only represents 28 percent of the entire registry. Part of this may be related to the fact that mutational testing is not common practice at diagnosis.

By |2019-04-05T09:20:33-04:00June 1st, 2011|Mutational Testing, News|

Mutational Testing & Survival: Where We Stand

Only six percent of GIST patients in the United States take advantage of testing that could be used to individualize their treatment according to a new article in the Annals of Oncology. Dr. Peter Pisters of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas and his colleagues reported results of the GIST reGISTry, a Novartis Pharmaceuticals-supported registry of 882 GIST patients in the United States.

By |2019-04-05T09:52:42-04:00June 1st, 2011|Mutational Testing, News, Survival Strategies|

PDGFRA Mutations: It’s time to consider mutational status for resistant GIST patients

January 6th, 2011 - By Jerry Call,  LRG Science CoordinatorThe first ever clinical trial specifically for the PDGFRA D842V mutation has been announced by Arog pharmaceuticals. The phase II trial is scheduled to open in [...]

New Treatments of D842V Mutations

 UPDATE - January 6th, 2011 by Jerry Call, LRG Science Coordinator The first ever clinical trial specifically for the PDGFRA D842V mutation has been announced by Arog pharmaceuticals. The phase II trial is scheduled [...]

By |2019-04-03T12:02:19-04:00January 6th, 2011|Clinical Trials, D842V, Diagnosis, Mutational Testing, Mutations, News, Research|

It’s Time to Consider Mutational Status for Resistant GIST Patients: KIT exons 9 & 11

KIT exon 11 and exon 9 mutations represent the two most common types of mutations (wild-type GIST is technically not a type of mutation but a lack of mutations) found in GIST patients. About 60 to 65 percent of GIST patients have a KIT exon 11 mutation and about 10 to15 percent have a KIT exon 9 mutation.

By |2018-12-20T10:24:33-05:00February 1st, 2010|Mutational Testing, News, Survival Strategies|

LRG Webcast: Mutational Testing Broken Down

Join Dr. Michael Heinrich and Dr. Christopher Corless as they demystify mutational analysis. Dr. Heinrich and Dr. Corless and their labs at Oregon Health and Science University are pioneers in mutational analysis for GIST and other cancers

By |2019-04-05T10:11:53-04:00September 25th, 2009|Mutational Testing, News, Webcast|