GIST Sarcoma Life Raft Group Canada is a patient support organization for people with GIST (gastrointestinal stromal tumour), as well as their families & friends.

4th Annual Day of Learning

The October 2015 Day of Learning in Ottawa included informative presentations and time for attendees to share information and experiences with each other.  To view the presentations please click here.

Research Summer 2015

The Board of Directors for Life Raft Group Canada sponsored its first research of GIST in the summer of 2015.  For more information, click here.

Launched 10 March 2014, CanCertainty is a campaign for equal and fair treatment for all Canadians.  To read more about this campaign and to join the movement, please visit:  www.cancertaintyforall.ca.


Cancer patients in Ontario and the Atlantic provinces whose cancer-fighting medication goes in their mouth (comes in a prescription pill bottle) instead of their arm (an intravenous line) do not have the cost of their oral drugs covered by their provinces.


Canada's four Western provinces fully fund their oral cancer medications for all citizens.  It's time for Ontario and the Atlantic provinces to do the same.


Together with over 30 Canadian patient groups, physician and health care charities and caregiver organizations, Kidney Cancer Canada intitiated the CanCertainty campaign and provided seed funding.

Generic Imatinib

May 2013 - Generic imatinib came onto the market.  Life Raft Group Canada is interested in GIST patients' feedback regarding this.  Read more ...

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