2019 GIST Day of Learning

GDOL is a free one day event to help patients and caregivers learn more about this rare cancer, find support, and enhance their knowledge base to help them navigate their cancer journey.

The Life Raft Group has a simple focus: to cure a form of cancer — GIST — and to help those living with it until then. To do this, the Life Raft Group focuses on three key areas: research, patient support & education, and advocacy, which lay the foundation of our mission to ensure the survival of GIST patients through a comprehensive approach connecting individual patients’ needs, the worldwide community of GIST advocates and the global health and research environment.

Thank you, GCRF Patients, Families, and Friends!

We want to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who participated in the 2018 GIST Education Conference and Luncheon. This event is always an excellent opportunity to connect and share information with patients, families, and friends who feel passionate about finding novel GIST treatments.  Plus, we love the chance to see familiar faces and meet new people who care about GIST.  Of course, we want to express our deep appreciation to the GCRF community for their incredibly generous donation. With your amazing fundraising efforts, we are able to continue to work hard to find a cure for this devastating disease.

Please be sure to watch our special Video of Dr. Heinrich and see below for links to the speakers’ presentations:

Dr. Michael Heinrich – Treatment of Imatinib-resistant GIST: The Next Generation

Lilli Klug – GCRF presentation 2018- Lilli Klug

Dr. Kevin G. Billingsley – Surgical Approaches to GIST in the Era of Targeted Therapy

Tracy Havnaer – How to Find and Participate in a GIST clinical trial 4 April 25, 2017

Welcome to the Heinrich Lab, Jason!

We have a new graduate student in the Heinrich Lab, so please join us in welcoming Jason Kent!  Jason is currently pursuing his PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology at OHSU. He has been a part of the Heinrich Lab since the spring of 2017. He graduated with a B.S in Biochemistry at California Polytechnic State University San Luis
Obispo in 2014. Jason is using a functional yeast model to study SDH deficiency in GIST. 

Congratulations, Lilli and Amber!

We are so proud to congratulate our graduate students, Dr. Lillian Klug and Dr. Amber Bannon, on their successful completion of PhD programs at OHSU!  Dr. Klug presented her dissertation, “LMTK3 is necessary for oncogenic signaling and survival in KIT-mutant GIST and melanoma,” on Friday, September 22nd, 2017, and obtained her doctorate from the OHSU Cancer Biology Program.  Dr. Bannon presented her dissertation, “Translating Genetic Data into Actionable Clinical Guidelines: SDHA Variants of Unknown Significance in GIST,” on Friday, September 29th, 2017, and obtained her doctorate from the OHSU Department of Cell and Developmental Biology.  We have watched these ladies grow so much over the years and their contributions to GIST research and future therapies are invaluable!

Thank you, GCRF!

Thank you so much to all of the participants who joined us for the 2017 GIST Education Conference and Luncheon.  The event was not only informative for patients and researchers, it was an excellent opportunity to connect with each other.   Additionally, we want to express our gratitude to the GCRF for their incredibly generous donation. With your amazing fundraising efforts, we are able to continue to work hard to find a cure for this devastating disease.

Please be sure to watch our special Lab Tour video and see below for links to the speakers’ presentations.

PowerPoint Presentations:

Dr. Christopher Corless – Welcome

Amanda Bryant – Nutrition for Patients with GIST

Tracy Walker – How to Find and Participate in a GIST Clinical Trial

Lilli Klug – Exploring New Therapeutic Targets in GIST

Amber Bannon – Understanding SDH Mutations in GIST

Dr. Michael Heinrich – GIST Treatment Update

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February is National Cancer Prevention Month

To encourage cancer prevention awareness during National Cancer Prevention Month, here are a few informational links for our patients, families, and friends. Please join us in promoting cancer education and donating to cancer research so we can fight GIST and other cancers.

GIST Cancer Research Foundation

GIST Support International

American Institute for Cancer Research

American Association for Cancer Research

Mayo Clinic