Ican, International Cancer Advocacy Network

Rating: 4.99 stars   140 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Technology, Health, Philanthropy, Cancer


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 19 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 the USA and US 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 have known ICAN for more than 15 years and can speak of their utmost integrity, efficacy and making an enormous difference in the patients and families who are facing cancer challenges. Not only do they have some of the best and up-to-date information but they continually reach out to those fighting this dreadful disease to help them navigate and understand the treatments and potentials to win their battles.

I can without hesitation endorse and encourage this organization as a 'best of the best' non-profits. I could not recommend them more highly.

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Rating: 5 stars  

We have known Marcia and seen her work tirelessly with ICANN from the beginning. She has helped many of our family members when we have needed assistance in the hospital or recommendations for the very best Dr. for any situation. She helped us find the very best Pediatric GI Specialist when our son was diagnosed with EE, she helped my sister when she was in the hospital in intensive care for Sepsis, helped our friend find a top fertility specialists in Phoenix and the list goes on. She is truly amazing and ICANN is essential for continuing to help people with their medical care with Cancer and many other medical situations. Marcia and ICANN are the first place we turn to when we need help and assistance with our medical needs. There truly are no words for how helpful they have been. Thank you Marcia.

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ICAN and Marcia Horn have been the first place our family has turned to in several critical health situations. Marcia is amazing with her knowledge of Dr's and specialists for every medical situation that we have had to deal with. She has helped our son find one of the best Pedicatric Gastrointerologist in the nation to help him with his medical condition, pointed us in right direction when our Father was in a burn unit from an explotion, was one of the first to realize and help us when a family member was in intensive care and had sepsis and helped us in so many other instances. We can't say enough about ICAN and personally don't know what we would have done without Marcia and her kindness to always help us. She has been there for us and helped us at any hour and we feel blessed to have someone like Marcia and ICAN that we can turn to. Paula Shapiro

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I can only hope that they can receive more money so that they can take their advocay services to even more patients.

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Rating: 5 stars  

After our world was turned up-side-down with my husbands cancer diagnosis we didn't know where to turn. An acquaintance mentioned ICAN. The information, support, service and attention we received far exceeded any expectations. Marcia responded after hours and on weekends to get us information and help us navigate our way through the confusion. Phenomenal organization!!! Incredible woman. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!!!
Forever Grateful, the Milazzo Family

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Rating: 5 stars  

When my father-in-law was diagnosed with cancer several years ago, we learned about ICAN from some friends who referred us to Sherry Weinstein. She was wonderful at putting us in contact with the people at ICAN who were able to advise us on how to understand what was happening and what dad's options were. I have contributed to them and would recommend that others support ICAN's efforts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Marcia Horn and ICAN work tirelessly in an effort to serve those in need. The patients are always put first and Marcia answers all inquiries almost immediately. She and her staff have an amazing amount of information at their fingertips, and can help direct patients very quickly to those that can help them. My husband and I are very grateful to ICAN and Marcia and we are in wonder of all they can do as advocates. They deserve and need more funding so they can reach more people that find themselves needing answers and direction at a time when all seems so frightening and confusing. Marcia and her team are just incredible.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is what is needed: a place where cancer patients are the "important". Marcia Horn and ICAN are there for you. Present, helping you, advising you, and you feel their help is real, efficient, effective, and caring. I can't and I don't want to imagine this "journey" without her.

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Marcia Horn is amazing. I sent her an email when I first got her name, and she was back to me on the phone in 10 minutes. Prompt, extremely knowledgeable, and ready any time , day or night, to discuss my brother's cancer treatment. I don't know what we would have done without her. And I'm very thankful she was there for us.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My wife has been dealing with stage IV lung cancer for 3 + years. She and I had the good fortune, almost by accident, to become clients more than a year ago. I cannot really begin to say how much Marcia has helped us - both in practical ways and in many less tangible but perhaps even more important emotional ways. She has always made herself available practically 24/7 to answer question, bounce ideas off, offer advice, etc., etc. , etc. Really this list just goes on and on. She is always upbeat, always positive, and always persistent. They really could use help to raise funds so that they can serve more clients.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Marcia Horn at ICAN, a leading cancer advocacy group, is in total service to her cancer patients. Her personal phone calls were beneficial to our understanding of the process; the medical terms, the tests, the legalities, the doctors and services. We were so surprised when she called us, herself— and spoke with my husband—sometimes for 2 hours, late into the night. She understands the stress, the horrors of cancer diagnosis and she is trained to read medical tests and patient files. She is all action and knows the facts. When predatory cancer organizations stuff their pockets with patient contributions and give nothing to the families, hers is a free service for anyone in need. Thank you ICAN for your dedication and compassion.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Wow, words cannot express my thanks to Marcia Horn & the ICAN organization. I called ICAN on a Saturday morning & left my name & number. Within minutes I received a phone call from Marcia Horn. Marcia spent over an hour talking to my husband & I. I called to inquire about help for my brother who has renal cell carcinoma. She provided some excellent referrals & even agreed to speak to my brother & his wife. Later that day, again she spent over an hour speaking with our entire family. Marcia answered questions & provided the encouragement which we all needed. We have continued to contact Marcia daily & she responds within a few minutes. She & ICAN are amazing. What a wonderful service they provide at such a difficult time in people's lives. Thank you to ICAN & Marcia for being there. We are so very grateful!

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