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John Satterwhite

GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor)

John Satterwhite

GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor)

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.

Warren Chambers

GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor)

Warren Chambers

GIST (Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor)

My body’s call for medical attention came on a seemingly normal morning in 2007, when I experienced extreme difficulty swallowing after completing my regular workout routine. I had an uneasy feeling about the strange sensation, but I delayed pursuing a doctor’s help until the next day, when I finally decided to go to the emergency room at a local hospital. The emergency room doctor found a large growth in my stomach and recommended that I seek a facility that was able to handle a tumor of that type and size. I was shocked that I could be living with something and not know. I was able to run five miles the previous day with no issues.

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