Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) Patient Stories

  • Maria Bento

    Maria Bento

    Maria Bento and her husband, Jose, left Portugal in 1973 and moved to America - the land of opportunity. Once here, they built both a close-knit family and a successful construction business in Philadelphia. Maria, a strong-willed woman, has learned many lessons over the years. Most importantly, to trust her gut and to question the decisions of others. That lesson might have saved her life.

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  • Warren Chambers

    Warren Chambers

    In the fall of 2007, 50-year-old Warren Chambers experienced trouble swallowing after completing his normal morning workout routine. A visit to a nearby hospital emergency room the next day revealed a growth in his stomach. Friends and colleagues in the medical field suggested Warren go to Fox Chase.

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  • John St. Omer

    John St. Omer

    As the father to 4 sons ranging from age 26 down to 10, and the general manager of 3 major hospitality hotels, John St. Omer knows how to manage chaos. But managing cancer - when you don't know you have it, is another story altogether.

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  • 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 who specializes in complex procedures not often performed outside of academic facilities.

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