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Causes: Cancer, Health, Philanthropy, Private Independent Foundations, Technology

Mission: ICAN provides Personalized Medicine Cancer Case Management Programs, through its customized patient advocacy services, to Stage IV patients who have been written off by their oncology teams. The organization specializes in complex and rare diagnoses, whether pediatric or adult cancers. ICAN, given years of experience with oncology issues and the anticancer drug pipeline, assists patients in the battle to extend life with high quality of life through physician referrals, cutting-edge information and advocacy services, clinical trials research, compassionate use analysis, molecular profiling services, and palliative care program services. ICAN has been profiled in Newsweek based on the still enduring complete remission of one of its breast cancer patients and in Pharmaceutical Executive Magazine (where ICAN was viewed as the exemplar of cancer patient advocacy--out of 5000 organizations to choose from). ICAN has also been featured in the Robert A. Nagourney, M.D.'s pivotal book "Outliving Cancer" and is featured in the upcoming biography of anticancer drug discoverer G. Robert Pettit, PhD (published in June 2015).

Results: When you are dealing with individual cancer patients and their specific cases, the metrics are extending time to progression and working toward disease-free survival. The question becomes "compared to what?" since no cancer patient is like any other cancer patient. The one metric that counts at ICAN is an overwhelming number of our patients, given the countless accolades we have received over the past 20 years, testify to ICAN's pivotal assistance in making a critical difference in life prolongation and quality of life issues. On the metric of "Was there a stone left unturned in the patient's journey with cancer?", our ICAN patients and their families resoundingly answer "No."

Target demographics: All ages, all socioeconomic backgrounds.

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 1000 patient/spouse advocate/care partner/public inquiry cases at ICAN.

Geographic areas served: While we are headquartered in Phoenix, we work throughout Arizona; across the U.S. and all U.S. territories; 54 countries worldwide

Programs: Our Personalized Medicine Cancer Case Management Programs and our Cancer Patient Advocacy and Clinical Trials Advocacy Programs--as well as ICAN's more than one hundred Named Programs (named by families in memory of or in honor of a loved one in the battle)--may be found on our website at http://askican.org

Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ICAN is an outstanding patient/family/caregiver resource organization. Expert access to medical information that is trusted, respected, relied upon - that is what patients can count on. That is what they need. The CEO of ICAN is a dedicated professional through and through, with outstanding credentials that represent the organization at very high levels, which in turn allows for a very creditable resource organization that patients and families can consistently count on as the "go to" resource for all forms of cancer/sarcoma. This organization will always connect patients with experts regarding a particular cancer related question pertaining to a diagnosis or treatment, or radiologiy study involving the treatment process/monitoring of a patient.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am vikram singh jakhar from new delhi, India. my father is suffering from prostate cancer and Marcia K Horn( President and CEO of ICAN ) guided me in my fathers treatment. I am highly obliged and really appreciate her for helpful guidance.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ICAN allows for working alongside renowned experts at the frontier of today's medicine. It is my conviction that ICAN's detailed letter of recommendation about me, written by ICAN's CEO Marcia Horn and ICAN's Director of Research Services Regina Marie Klopfer, enabled my admission into my first-choice graduate program. IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) offers translational bioinformatics and other cutting-edge research areas in close association with the Indiana University School of Medicine, and I look forward to contributing what I learned under ICAN as a Health Disparities Research Intern.

I greatly enjoyed my time as an intern and Research Team Leader at ICAN. It was most productive, and the Research Teams are very well managed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ICAN is proving to be a leader in the fight against cancer. Working with patients to battle their unique challenges, the International Cancer Advocacy Network has helped countless families take on the task.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Over the past 6 years, I have had the pleasure of volunteering with ICAN and I can honestly say it is a wonderful experience. As Director of Research Services, I have the honor of working with some of the finest and most dedicated individuals around. Without Andrew Young (our Director of HR), Michele Ouellet (our Citation Editor), all of our extraordinary Research Team Leaders and as well as our truly committed Web Research…I can honestly we could never accomplish our goals so each and every one of them is truly appreciated on so many levels. ICAN is a truly amazing organization and it is truly needed in this world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truly amazing organization! I contacted ICAN for a friend of mine in China. Marcia and Scott provided valuable information and endless consultations. They are very sensitive to cultural barriers and practice differences and was able to put together a panel of experts from US and China to help my friend! I am so amazed by ICAN's powerful network, from cancer researchers, clinicians, to patient advocates. And it is this network of selfless, passionate, and knowledgeable experts who provide hope to my friend that the family and I are forever grateful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been both a volunteer and a seeker of help from ICAN, International Cancer Advocacy Network for about a year and a half. I have been more than impressed with the one-on-one, professional, and highly-educated information, resources, and referrals provided -- and provided now, when I needed it. No waiting rooms at ICAN. You move to the front of the line immediately.

Marcia K. Horn is a modern day Mother Theresa. I don’t know how she has enough hours in the day to respond and interact so personally with each patient or family member, friend, or caregiver who comes to ICAN for assistance.

I feel honored to have been accepted as a volunteer in this excellent organization. I screened organizations prior to volunteering to see how much of the donations they receive actually go to those they serve. Guess what? About 94 percent of all monies taken in goes to patients and patient services. Almost all the staff is like me— volunteer and logging long hours—because we believe in the cause and we see that ICAN is one darned good and exceptional organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My brother in law was given a short window to live and I recommended that my sister call and within ten minutes Marcia the president was giving wise counsel they needed to extend his life in a quality way.
Just last month one of my clients mentioned that her chemo drug was no longer going to be available through insurance. One call to Ms. Horn and she is now receiving her medication. Her response was, "Last week we had no hope but this week we have hope."
Marcia Horn is truly amazing and has assembled a team that is second to none.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization! I have volunteered and worked with Marcia Horn and ICAN for a number of years and enjoyed raising money and making great friends. Suddenly a few months ago ICAN took on a different meeting in my life when I was informed that a close friend was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer. As soon as I received the information, I called Marcia and she went to work and spoke personally with my friend. Never mind that it was 9:45pm on a Friday night. Marcia took the bull by the horns and gave specific step by step instructions and phone numbers. As a result, and due to our fast acting, my friend is now 94% cancer free. The entire process from diagnosis to final results was 3 weeks. Without Marcia Horn and the ICAN organization, my friend would never have received the level of care that she did. Thank you!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with ICAN 4 years ago and have been a Research Team Leader for 3 of those years. The organization is comprised of dedicated, passionate people at all levels, particularly Regina Marie Klopfer and Marcia Horn who provide strong, compassionate leadership. Every ICAN volunteer, regardless of his or her background, is a valued member of the team. It has been such a privilege to be part of an organization that is a driving force for oncology patient advocacy at every level. ICAN is a truly special organization doing phenomenal work.

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Rating: 5

I have had the immense pleasure of working with ICAN for 3 years as both an intern and a Research Team Leader. The commitment of ICAN's leadership to serving cancer patients, caregivers, and families is unmistakable and results in a deeply-embedded service ethic that permeates the entire organization. Volunteers at every level are given honest feedback and a network of support that enables them to fully develop and contribute their skills while working within a very diverse team. ICAN strives to ensure cancer patients have access to cutting-edge, evidence-based medicine, and every patient served by ICAN is provided with individualized support to navigate the patient journey. Having cultivated a culture of compassion and an extensive network of experts, Marcia Horn has built an organization with a special capacity to make a profound difference.