Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) Patient Stories

  • LeeAnn Lamb

    Lee Ann Lamb

    If you met Lee Ann Lamb, you’d quickly realize how important family is to this wife, mother and grandmother. She babysits all or some of her four granddaughters almost every day, and when she’s not minding them, she enjoys gardening and working on a website she co-founded, GIST Support International, which offers support and research about gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST).

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  • John Satterwhite

    John Satterwhite

    In the spring of 2006, at the age of 84, John Satterwhite underwent upper endoscopy to evaluate his anemia. His local gastroenterologist discovered a bleeding growth in John's upper stomach and referred him to a colleague at Fox Chase Cancer Center, Dr. Oleh Haluszka, who specializes in complex procedures not often performed outside of academic facilities.

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  • Dennis Sloan

    Dennis Sloan

    Dennis Sloan wasn’t having any symptoms at all when he went in for his annual in 2007.  He’d recently run a half marathon and felt great at age 47.  During the exam, his doctor felt something in his abdomen, and ordered a CAT scan, which showed a mass in his abdomen.   A respiratory therapist and a clinical application specialist for a medical devise company, Dennis is always around hospitals and doctors.  So when his doctor sent him to surgical oncologist who wanted to see him the next day, he knew it was serious.

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  • Larrick Stapleton

    Larrick Stapleton

    Larrick Stapleton has been fighting cancer for over 35 years. His first cancer surgery was in 1977 near Philadelphia, where an intestinal tumor the size of a lemon was diagnosed as a leiomyosarcoma.

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  • Tania Stutman

    Tania Stutman


    In the spring of 1949, Tania Stutman entered the world in Haifa, Israel. Her mother was a Holocaust survivor who escaped to Israel. Tania spent much of her childhood in Romania before she immigrated to America. “Our family has had our share of difficulties,” recalled Tania, who lost her sister in 1985 when an Arrow Air plane crashed in Gender, Newfoundland, on its way back to the U.S. So when she learned she had cancer, Tania approached it as just another challenge.

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