ICAN, International Cancer Advocacy Network

Rating: 4.99 stars   153 reviews


ICAN Program Services (by appointment at our Metrocenter Phoenix offices) 27 West Morten Avenue Phoenix AZ 85021-7246 USA


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).


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/Scottsdale, we work throughout Arizona; across the US and all territories; 53 countries worldwide


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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started out at ICAN as Web Research Intern. In this position, I searched online for articles related to Esophageal Cancer. I enjoyed this position because it gave me an opportunity to learn about cancer. Searching for and reviewing articles helped me earn about how cancer develops, methods used to detect and diagnose, how cancer drugs work, causes of cancer and actions a person can take to reduce their risk of cancers. Volunteering for ICAN is also good position for someone who doesn't have the time to learn about cancers, the causes of it, and how to prevent it because it exposes you to the resources you need to learn about it and forces you to devote the time to learn for yourself. The effort you make benefits you and others. Finally, I like the position because it gives me an opportunity to help another person and rebuild their hope. I like the work ICAN does and how it strives to encourage a person at the late stage of their life to hold on, keep trying, and stands with them till the end. It's an organization with excellent values. In my new position, I get to review abstracts collected by other volunteers. The position has helped me improve in my organization skills. I have to keep track of topics assigned, whom topics are assigned, when topics are due, maintain contact with volunteers to check on status of assignments, review, and provide feedback. It helps both volunteers develop transferrable skills that are valuable in the workforce and in school.

I think ICAN is a great organization to volunteer for. They provided beneficial and needed services to people who otherwise may not be aware or have access to free of charge. It helps patients stay aware, become better and informed decision makers so they can become more involved in healthcare they receive or team players with their physicians in treating their conditions. Doctors do not always have the time to do the extra legwork to research a patients’ condition or look at the latest in treatment for their condition. ICAN does the legwork for them so they can also be a better resource for their patients. For the staff and volunteers, it gives them an opportunity to develop transferable skills that help them in the workforce and school. ICAN services and work benefit everyone around the world. It being on the web gives doctors and cancer patients from around the world access to a library of resources in one location that they otherwise may not be able to have access to due to poverty or other factors.

To be able to continue doing their great work, ICAN needs more funding. I hope you can see that your money will not be wasted after reading this and the other reviews.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Amazing organization with amazing people. This organization truly did help me when I needed advice and I needed guidance with a family member who was struggling with the cancer battle. I've been volunteering for this now for over 3 years, and I cannot stress enough how awesome this place is. We collect the most up to date literature on cancers and distribute the information to oncologists, patients, and families so that way they can have the most up to date resources when fighting this ugly disease. With more information available, patients are able to make the best, most informed decisions regarding their patient care, and thus, get better results.

Thank you ICAN!

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I've been volunteering for ICAN for about 6 years now (since I was a Junior in college) and it has been an amazing experience. Not only has it been a rewarding experience volunteering my time, but it has been an absolute privilege and joy working for people who are so compassionate and understanding about the cause. Marcia Horn and Regina Marie Klopfer are exemplary leaders and an honor to work for. They make sure you are comfortable in your volunteering role and are very appreciative of the time you put into ICAN. All in all, it's been a wonderful six years and I look forward to dedicating many more years to come.

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I've been volunteering with ICAN for the last 2 years and never felt lost! The management is awesome and the tasks are rewarding.

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It has been a pleasure volunteering for ICAN, a non for profit organization geared at empowering late stage oncology patients. Having witnessed family members battle cancer and now being in a position to empower such patients is truly a rewarding experience. Many thanks to Marcia Horn and Regina Marie Klopfer tireless efforts in running and managing the organization.

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It is a privilege to work Marcia Horn and the rest of the ICAN volunteer team. The work ICAN does is vital to cancer research and advocacy on a local and global scale, while bringing individualized case care to each patient. I am honored to know this organization exist for patients in need and running with the highest of integrity.

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It's been two and a half years since I have been working for ICAN as a research team leader. I got chance to work with some of the most talented and dedicated people of this organization, Ms Marcia Horn, the CEO and Ms. Regina Marie Klopfer, Director of Research Services. I communicate often with Ms. Regina for my work and she has been extremely helpful in fulfilling our needs. She is one of the most dedicated, passionate and hardworking staff at ICAN. Working at ICAN has been extremely rewarding as I learned so many qualities from our great mentors. It is a true pleasure to be a part this organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

ICAN is such an AMAZING nonprofit! I started volunteering at ICAN as a Web Research Intern, then transitioned to a Research Team Leader and now I'm volunteering directly with Regina Klopfer. The transitions between my different volunteer roles have been seamless and I feel as though I am truly part of the ICAN family. From the very beginning, Marcia has been so warm and inviting and Regina has helped me grow and succeed in my volunteer positions along the way. I am so appreciative for everything that ICAN does and could not be happier to be a part of this amazing team that is truly making a difference in people's lives!

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I have worked with ICAN for many years, and have seen many lives saved and changed because of their help and dedication to patients. I have never seen anyone go above and beyond in so many ways to help, care and provide the help that ICAN does! Many lives would have been lost without them!!!!! Thank you ICAN for your dedication and services over the years!!!!!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Nonprofit organizations in general are a great way to gather community service volunteer hours. However, ICAN is much more than your typical Nonprofit organization. Working with all the members of ICAN for over two years now, I can personally say that this organization, from top to bottom, is filled dedicated, compassionate individuals who share a common goal - improving cancer treatments worldwide.

Marcia, Regina and all the other members of ICAN have spent countless hours helping a tremendous amount of people battle and beat their cancers, and I could not give this company a stronger recommendation.

Cancer can be considered the disease of our new generation, and when I first started working for ICAN I was fascinated by it. Moreover, I was interested in the amount of research going into the discovery of new treatments and cures for this terrible illness. However, what was lost was the step in between research and the implementation of new treatments. While new breakthroughs are coming in at an enormously high rate, there is only so much that oncologists can keep up with and keep their patients informed about. This is what ICAN does, as we serve to educated both patients and physicians on the newest research in every field of cancer.

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