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Novartis Oncology Launches GIST Alliance™ for Patients and Caregivers
Date:1/29/2009

Novartis Oncology is introducing GIST Alliance™, a unique support program with the goal to help healthcare professionals optimize outcomes in KIT-positive GIST patients.

East Hanover, NJ (PRWEB) January 29, 2009 -- Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs) are soft tissue sarcomas. GISTs are rare cancer tumors which usually appear in the stomach or small intestine and are most often (95% of the time) characterized by the presence of a defective KIT protein. Abnormal KIT-positive (KIT+) cells multiply out of control, forming a tumor.

Novartis Oncology is introducing GIST Alliance™, a unique support program with a significant goal: to help optimize patient outcomes in KIT-positive GIST patients.

There are an estimated 3,300 to 6,000 new GIST cases reported each year in the United States (1,2). At diagnosis, approximately 2,500 of these cases are metastatic--cancer that has spread from its original site in the body to another location (3).

Novartis Oncology, the global leader in KIT-positive gastrointestinal stromal tumor (KIT+ GIST) therapy, has been working with healthcare professionals and patients worldwide to help improve the treatment of KIT+ GIST. GIST Alliance is a distinctive, integrated program that builds on the support and educational materials that Novartis Oncology has been providing to patients and healthcare professionals by offering access to the most current resources.

For GIST patients and caregivers, GIST Alliance provides and facilitates access to:


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