CARCINOID CANCER AWARENESS NETWORK INC

Rating: 4.99 stars   76 reviews

Issues: Health, Cancer

Location: 2480 Hull Ave North Bellmore NY 11710 USA

Mission: WE'VE CHANGED OUR NAME FROM CCAN TO NCAN TO BETTER REFLECT THE COMMUNITY WE SERVE. We are a non–profit charity whose mission is to intensify awareness of Neuroendocrine Tumors & Carcinoid Cancer in the medical community and general public around the world. CCAN also assists patients, caregivers and support groups worldwide by providing access to important & updated information about the disease. Through the years CCAN has produced over two dozen conferences. Many are available to view on our website. DVD’s & CD ROMS are available. Our toll free phone support line is answered by a patient and caregiver. Call today for your free information packet. We also provide funding for research into Carcinoid Cancer and other Neuroendocrine tumors.  
Results: 2013- Year in Review Patient Conferences Keep Patients Updated on the Most Current Practices CCAN was proud to help with sponsorship of two Conferences. Jan in San Francisco and the other in Lexington, KY. We were able to produce six regional conferences, (NYC, Nashville, TN, Orlando, FL and Los Angeles, CA, Cruise) thanks to the generous sponsorship of Inter Science Institute. We hosted the first ever conference for Lungnoid only in Nashville and a conference on a cruise. Over 650 patients attended these events. In June we participated in a fundraiser in Charlotte, NC. The ‘2nd Annual Smokin’ Butt Fest.’ What a fun event with great food and prizes. CCAN was there to lend a hand at the North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society's NANETS Regional Symposium in Nashville, TN and at NANETS' National Meeting in Charleston, SC. Worldwide NET Cancer Awareness Day & NET Cancer Awareness Month 5th Annual 'Strides for Stripes Zebra Walk.' On November 2nd over 500 people came to walk in support of NET cancer patients at our 5th Annual 'Strides for Stripes Zebra Walk.' It was an exciting day, with an antique fire truck and the WALK Radio Team on hand with a prize wheel. A special Thanks to the band Undercover who entertained us again this year. Each walker received a tee shirt, bottled water, snack bars, and hand warmers and a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 3 foot tall stuffed zebra. They were fed a delicious lunch of heros, chips and apples. NYS Proclamation 2013 New York State has declared November 'Carcinoid/NET Cancer Awareness Month' each year since 2006. It is challenging to find support for NET Cancer Awareness Initiatives and we want to thank the state of New York and the governors for their tremendous support through the years. Why not get on board and have your state, city or town declare a 'NET Cancer Awareness' time every November! 10th Annual Celebration of Life Gala November 9, 2013 was another wonderful evening- our 10th Annual Celebration of Life Gala. With over 250 people in attendance it was a great success and a lot of fun. People had chances to win AWESOME prizes. For the 2014 National NET Cancer Patient Conference in Charlotte, NC. Conference dates are September 18 - 20. CCAN, Dr. Eugene Woltering will work together to produce another amazing conference for patients and caregivers. You'll get to see 20 experts talk about NETs and have 2-1/2 days to network with others who know what you're going through! Rest assured that our Goal is Making Life Better for NET Cancer Patients. CCAN's board & officers are committed to assisting NET patients & to helping find a cure for carcinoid cancer. We field an experienced team focused on quality and we're proud to give our time as unpaid volunteers, keeping administrative costs low and allowing most of the funding to go into the programs. Visit www.carcinoidawareness.org.
Target demographics: Neuroendocrine Patients and their Families
Geographic areas served: Locally, Nationally, & Globally
Programs: We have a toll free hotline opened 7 days a week 9 am - 9pm EST. The phone is answered by a Patient or Caregiver at all times. We send out free information packets to anyone interested.
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Carcinoid is such an orphan disease that not many patients nor their physicians know much about it. As a result, diagnosis is always delayed for years. Worst of all, once the diagnosis is made, the treatment offered by the treating physician is often outdated and passive. For years, the fight for carcinoid has been uncoordinated, disorganized, dysfunctional and extremely ineffective. Patients suffered from lack of correct information or receiving outdated wrong information. Physicians who are interested and specializes in the field also suffered due to the lack of forum to express and educate patients or each other. Maryann, Bob and the whole family has made such a dramatic improvement for patients and carcinoid specialists as a whole by different means through the nonprofit organization CCAN, which they established and are absolutely devoted to. Throughout the years, CAAN has provided patients with support, information, and guidance by a 24/7 phone consoling, printed teaching material, and educational videos on an individual bases. On a grand scale, CCAN organizes regional and national patient conferences by gathering leading experts in the field to provide patients with an in-depth overview of their disease and the available updated treatments. In addition to help patients, CCAN also supports physicians who are interested in this orphan disease with funding for research and educational process. More importantly, they are always there for physicians who are interested and devoted to carcinoid treatment. MaryAnn, Bob and their family has been the most important ally’s for us who are committed to the tough fight against this intriguing disease. CCAN has an undeniable contribution of the progress made in the fight against carcinoid in this country and North America! The Wahmann’s family entitled the recognitions for their efforts/contribution and CCAN deserves all the financial support and funding from our generous general public. Yi-Zarn Wang DDS., PC., MD., FACS. Professor of Surgery, LSUHSC-New Orleans.

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We are almost three years into our journey with carcinoid cancer and couldn't have done it with CCAN now known as NCAN. Thanks to Maryann and her family, many families have been given the knowledge and resources to deal with their cancer. They are truly an amazing family and have helped so many. They make us feel like we are not alone. If we have a question, we just call and they are always there for us. From conferences, to cruises, to walks, CCAN is always there....We are so lucky to have them in our lives.

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A year and a half ago, my husband (the zebra) and I (the caretaker) were at our wits ends. Four different doctors told us there was nothing we could do and just take the wait and see approach. I kept researching only to be told "we don't know enough about this cancer". One day, I decided to do something that I just wasn't sure about but I figured what the heck. I went onto facebook and typed in "carcinoid cancer". I found this group called the Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Network and told our story. Within minutes, I received a response from a woman, named Maryann, who would change our lives for the better. She gave me her phone number and asked me to call her. I immediately did and finally I felt someone could understand and possibly help us. Maryann gave me an email address to a doctor in New Orleans and told me exactly what to do and what would happen. It went down exactly as she described. Within a short period of time, we received all this helpful information from Maryann and within weeks we were in New Orleans meeting an unbelievable team of doctors. My husband and I now were given a new approach and a new way of looking at this. This is truly an amazing foundation that has helped so many patients and their families through their rough and uncertain times and has brought us all together. Maryann, as well as her family and the Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Network all let us know that we are not alone in this battle whether it be with a phone call, email, conferences, walks or galas. The Zebras and their caretakers are so lucky to have this wonderful foundation in our lives.

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Life-changing

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Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I was diagnosed 8/8/08 with Carcinoid cancer. Doctor told me well if you had to get cancer this is the one to get. I am saying he is crazy. At the same time he said it was terminal 12 tumors in liver. They may exend my life a few years. It was inoperable and they would not look for my primary tumor. Even if they found it would not take out. This was a very rare cancer. He was saying no hope just doom and wait to die. Just felt loss hopeless. Top it off had to go to work and see about my kids. Unbelievable each doctor I had at that time said best cancer to get if you had to get. They had no information on disease and did want it. Just went by limited information they had and just passed me around.
There was no plan since doctor said terminal.
Well time passed searched for information and found ICAN in Indianapolis. I learned of ICAN through them. For website I learn exactly what I had and found a Doctor at Ohio State University, Dr. Manisha Shah. She made me realize I can live and focus on that. I did and 2012 they removed my primary tumor in ileum, gallbladder, appendix, most of my left lobe of liver. She discontinued Sandostatin and I am still here. Some times I forget I have carcinoid tumors in liver. The point I want to stress how important NCAN is so old and new patients. It makes a difference in the quality life and your health to have correct and updated information. NCAN provides that.

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I was diagnosed in June 2013 after having surgery for an unrelated issue. My carcinoid was found during surgery. I spent 15 months doing the wait and see approach that my oncologist recommended. I had a sister-in-law that was going to Sloan- Kettering and she talked to her doctors about my situation. They did not recommend the wait and see and gave her several internet sites to research. I found CCAN and they where awesome. At the same time they where sponsoring a conference and I signed up for that. They had the best doctors in the nation speaking at this conference. I gained so much knowledge from this conference. It changed my life and I am now proactive and have the tools and guidance I need. This is truly a "Nonprofit" They send out a wonderful packet of information to those patients that contact them. All phone calls are returned any time of the day or night. Great organization. Thanks, Teresa

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I was newly diagnosed in June 2014. I was able to attend a conference put together by this wonderful organization in September. I was absolutely amazed by the amount of information I was able to gather. My husband and I were very impressed by the gifted speakers and the flawless execution of the daily events. This was done over a course of 3 days. I cannot imagine the work that must have gone into this event. We left with a better understanding of my disease, a plan for treatment and, as a bonus, many new friends. A big thank you to these lovely people who work tirelessly for all of us. I am so very grateful!

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This nonprofit keeps me informed daily on my cancer and treatments. Without them I would be lost of any information about this rare cancer.

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This group is one of a kind. The dedication of this couple to helping educate cancer patients about this cancer is unparalleled. This is the premier group to contact if a patient wants to know about carcinoid and neuroendocrine cancers. They keep up to date and have helped so many patients through their hotline, website, and conferences. Their fundraising efforts are many and have led to involvement by the foremost medical efforts in the field.

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This is an amazing grass-roots organization that educates the public and carcinoid cancer patients. It is run by a couple in Long Island who started with nothing. The wife is a carcinoid patient who answers her phone night and day, runs conferences (the last one was in NOLA and had more than 450 registrants), fund-raising walks and galas and has come up with a large amount of money for research and support.

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I have seen this organization grow larger for the last 8 years. The education program is phenomenal, involving the key professionals in the area of carcinoid cancer and neuroendocrine tumors appearing at every function. This group represents international and national patients. The fundraisers are conducted in a professional manner and more and more people have been educated and helped by the money raised by this vibrant, undying, and unrelenting organization run by a woman with carcinoid cancer and her husband and other family members. The founder has appeared on radio programs, television programs, and has been a keynote speaker at many of the professional conferences. She is articulate, caring, and always available to those who have a need or desire to know about these diseases which have been virtually ignored, until recently, thanks to her work and the works of others.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have attended events, read the brochures, seen patients who have been helped by this organization, met doctors foremost in the field, attended an annual gala, listened to Ms. Wahmann's radio appearances, explored the web site.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes. This is a very professional, efficiently run outreach and education program.

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I would not be able to see the light at the end of all of the medical decisions we have to make if it were not for Maryann and her husband who put in countless hours for all of us. We have a navigation system in place that seizes to exist without their hard work. All of the information needed is gathered and shared openly and with a kind heart, they guide us to the information and help we need. Carcinoid has made us all connected and we have all learned that you must help one another. The medical world seems to be waking up to carcinoid and all the distinct care people need with this cancer. Without advocates like the Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Network INC, this would not be happening. Grateful for them everyday.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Having cancer of any kind is overwhelming and scary. Having a rare cancer is almost unbearable in the beginning. Finding doctors, technicians and other people with your cancer can become the hardest part of your life. To care for your disease, you have to gather as much knowledge as you can in the shortest amount of time. I can honestly tell you that the resources available on Carcinoid Cancer Awareness Network are invaluable. This organization has saved many lives. Please know that we are grateful for their kindness, passion, strength and knowledge of this cancer. We can also share our own experiences with each other and bridge the gap between us. We are from different states, countries and continents but at the push of a few buttons, CCAN brings us together. I found the best surgeon in the world to take out numerous tumors from my husband's liver and all across his abdomen from using this site. This is a well informed, well respected group.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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MaryAnn has done wonders to increase the knowledge both of patients, caretakers and the medical profession in general of Nets, the proper treatment,etc. she tirelessly organizes conferences, talks to anyone who calls her and is an inspiration to Carcinoid patients because of the way she has handled her own battles with the disease

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I was diagnosed with Carcinoid Cancer 2013. I had my surgery December 6 2013 to remove the prime location that it started at. I was lost on what step to take next. I went to three doctors that gave me different answers. I'm so thankful I found Maryann who also lives in Long Island and attended one of her meetings at Long Island Jewish Hospital. She gave me all the information I needed and led me on the right path on choosing my next step. Maryann has kept in touch with me since I spoke to her. She has given me more information than the doctors have! I'm no longer scared and feel safe that i can ask Maryann any question and know she will have an answer. I love the Zebra bracelets :)

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