Our wiki is a collection of useful, practical strategies of GIST patients and caregivers in living with GIST cancer, as well as comments about participation in clinical trials with different drugs in development for gastrointestinal stromal tumor treatment. This wiki is provided by the nonprofit organization GIST Support International. We are an all-volunteer community of over 1500 people interested in gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) as patients, caregivers, medical personnel, and friends. Our home website has additional detailed information about gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST cancer) and its treatment. For more services offered by GSI, see our GIST Support International Links section.
Please read our About page and Disclaimer and understand that the information found in this wiki is not provided by medical experts. We hope that you find the content useful and help improve it by making your own edits (see the Wiki 101 page for basic instructions). After all, it is a community project run by individuals like you!
How to Find What You Need on the GIST Support Wiki
You can find information related to your needs by either:
- using the search box at the top right to search for a key word, or
- taking a look at the contents outline below to find pages of interest, or
- clicking on "All pages" in the wiki header above to see an alphabetized list of all pages
Adding to the Wiki
We welcome GIST patients and caregivers to add your own tips and experiences to our wiki.
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Click on any BLUE heading below to open subpages.
Living With GIST Cancer
Integrative Medicine Using complementary approaches for holistic healing
Pediatric and Wild-type GIST Latest news and information
Exon 9 GIST Exon 9er's Experiences
Staying organized through a Health Care Crisis Managing a Home, Physical Clutter, Paper Chaos, Mind Clutter, Technical Clutter, The Notebook, Using your computer, The flash drive
Symptoms and Relief Strategies Strategies for coping with symptoms of having GIST, surgery or side effects of medications: from A to Z (acid reflux to weight loss) there are separate pages on a wide variety of topics.
Surgery and Recovery
Getting Ready for Surgery Tips to make things easier
Living with Your GI Tract Post-Surgery Coping with the changes in your anatomy
Clinical Trial Drugs Patients participating in trials tell their experiences.
Clinical Trials - What you need to know a series of short tutorials explaining the process of choosing a clinical trial and the factors involved, authored by medical personnel.
Pharmaceutical Company Contacts Contact a drug company regarding a particular drug
Australian Drug Trials website for Australian Cancer patients
Non US Drug Trials - websites for those outside the US (not just GIST)
GIST Drug Trials outside the US - out of the US drug trials for GIST
Doctors, Hospitals, and Medical Tests / Labs / Scans
My Doctor, My Hero - Choosing one that you can have confidence in
Getting Your Medical Records - HIPPA rules
Insurance Issues and Getting Financial Assistance
Legal Advice - Cancer Legal Resource Center
Marina Symcox, PhD, is a 10-year GIST survivor who is remarkably talented in clearly communicating difficult medical concepts. This page includes her explanations of numerous cancer topics.
GIST Support International members have summarized GIST information here from cancer conferences.
People and Events
GIST Support International Links
- GSI Website - Our GIST Support International community website with comprehensive information about gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST)
- GSI JOIN link - How to join the email listserv to communicate with others who are dealing with GIST, or change your subscription options.
- GSI JOIN Pediatric & Carney Triad listserv link - How to join the email listserv for pediatric patients, their parents, and patients with wild-type GIST who developed the disease by about age 30.
- GSI's PHONE PAL Program - How to talk directly by telephone to another GIST patient or Caregiver.
- E-mail archives - the Archives of our email list where you can search for topics previously discussed (accessible only to list members).
- Educational Materials - Request a free GIST brochure (or a supply for your doctor's office), request a DVD featuring GIST patients, download a booklet, access books about GIST.
- Questions to Ask your Doctor if you are a new GIST patient.
- Voices of GIST essays and stories by GIST patients.