Sarcoma, in any form,  is a rare cancer and, as such,  any reference to it on TV or other media is rare and when it occurs it should be flagged.   Such is the case on the new DALLAS  TV series.  Bobby Ewing,  one of the main characters on the series,  is diagnosed in the first episode with a Gastro Intestinal Stromal Tumor.   This is also referred to by its acronym  GIST.

GISTs are tumors of the connective tissue and are classified as Sarcomas.    Until recently,  GISTs were known as being resistant to chemotherapy and had a <5% survival rate.   However, a new drug call Imatinib (Glivec/Gleevec),  a Kinase inhibitor, has proven to be successful in increasing the survival rate to 40-70% in metastatic or inoperable cases.   This gives hope to all of us who have heard only bleak news about Sarcoma and its treatments.
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    We are Robyn and Ray Grossman.  We started Jareds Juggernaut Inc.  after our son, Jared, died following a five year battle with Rhabdomyosarcoma on March 23, 2010.  On this page we will: present news; give interesting information; answer your questions; and give our readers a place to express their ideas.


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