Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST) Patient Stories

  • 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.

    Read more »
  • 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.

    Read more »
  • 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.

    Read more »
  • Ben Van Horn

    Ben Van Horn

    “I attribute Fox Chase Cancer Center for saving my life," shares Ben Van Horn, who in 2014 marked 15 years since his diagnosis rare, high-grade, metastatic cancer. It is Fox Chase Cancer Center, with its drug trials and surgeons that provided Ben a continued lease on life. “In 1999, at age 53, two-thirds of my stomach was removed and I was subsequently diagnosed with a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST),” Ben recalled. “At that time little was known about this disease and there was no known cure.  Tumors were expected to return in 12-18 months and the two-year survival rate was zero.”

    Read more »
Previous testimonials