I want to share my personal story about the effectiveness of Gleevec preventing recurrence.
I had a large, gastric Gist tumor resected, high mitotic rate, no prior Gleevec, in 2006. I started 400mg Gleevec after surgery, but had to discontinue Gleevec eight months later due to liver toxicity. After nine moths without Gleevec Gist recurred on the peritoneum and was completely resected. I have been on Gleevec ever since and am still NED. I have got four grandchildren since 2006 and am grateful for the chance to see them grow. Dr. Heinrich recommended Gleevec until it stops working. That has not happened yet. Next scan in January….