ICAN, International Cancer Advocacy Network

Rating: 4.99 stars   152 reviews

Address:

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

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 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

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

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Reviews for ICAN, International Cancer Advocacy Network

Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars  

ICAN's adeptness, discernment, knowledge, time, expertise, integrity, care, and ability to truly support with sincerity, adeptness, and unwavering, and inexhaustible dedication, selfless service, and pure hearted spirit to advocate for the most vulnerable, is valued beyond words as a patient. There are not enough positive words to express appreciation for International Cancer Advocacy Network (ICAN)

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

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?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My dear friend Valorie, did research for me on recurrance colorectal cancer and found ICAN and Marcia Horn. My spirit was lifted to great heights after speaking with Ms. Horn about ICAN and my particular cancer. She actually was on the phone with V and myself for almost a half and hour, explaining in great detail, the various companies (such as Caris) that can assist in helping find the correct chemotherapies for colorrectal cancer, especially recurrance. She helped me have Caris compare my 2004 cancer cells with that of my current case. Caris stated I was getting the exact chemo that I needed from Memorial Sloan Cancer Center in NY. What a relief. I am truly in debted to Marcia Horn and ICAN >>> I will never forget her words to me... We will never leave you alone, we will be with you all the way. How wonderful is that? I am forever greatful. Cathy Larsen

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

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?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

ICAN Phoenix, AZ is excellent. I was terrified and overwhelmed. I went to the experts at ICAN and they helped me with complete commitment, deep compassion and comprehensive knowledge that helped me get through my decision-making process, surgery, and treatments. I recommend them without reservation. ICAN is excellent, professional and fully prepared to help anyone and everyone lucky enough to find them. I thank God for ICAN. Contact them immediately if you need help, you will be in safe, caring hands.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Hands down, this is the place to go if you are suffering from confusion, lack of knowledge, or just someone to show kindness, during your battle with cancer. No other organization came close to what ICAN has done to help me. They are the most committed and kind people that I have ever had the pleasure of talking to. Thank you Marcia Horn and the rest of your team! I love you all!
Cathy Larson

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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Rating: 5 stars  

My dear friend has multiple myeloma. In her calls to ICAN, she always got more helpful information than she did from her doctor. For that reason and others, she asked her advocate at ICAN to refer her to a new oncologist and is thrilled with the one they referred her to. She really feels that having ICAN at her side has helped her tremendously both medically and emotionally, in her fight against her disease. I am so impressed with what ICAN has done for her that I'm asking for friends and family to make donations to ICAN instead of buying me Christmas gifts this year!

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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Rating: 5 stars  

In January of 2003 my sister's daughter Claire was diagnosed with Glioma a type of Brain Cancer. It was a huge tragedy and everyone in the family was deeply concerned. Claire was only 14 at the time. Over the next year many things were tried to help her. I was introduced to Marcia Horn (CEO of ICAN) from Ted Rogers (president of the National Speakers Association in Arizona at the time). When I first talked with Marcia she said to me "We never give up on children!" We became immediate close friends.

ICAN was not involved in Claire's initial treatment, however when all else had not worked, (My sister is a nurse and her ex husband is a doctor and they had many resources). Anyway, Claire was getting treatments for her Cancer but nothing was working. When the time for the Hail Mary move came, ICAN stepped up to the plate and helped get Claire into an experimental program. Unfortunately, Claire passed away just after her 16th Birthday on March 23, 2004. She was a wonderful child with a great future ahead, but it wasn't meant to be.

I have been involved with ICAN ever since then and am on their leadership development council. Helpings others like Claire it is well worth the time.

Recent Activity:
Since I have been involved in Tango for several years, and have a bit of a creative brain, it somehow made sense to do a show. Currently I am the producer/director of a show called ICAN Tango and will be held on October 20th in Tucson Arizona. http://www.facebook.com/events/385522744843432/

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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Rating: 5 stars  

My sister was diagnosed with lung cancer and kidney cancer. I didn’t know where to turn for answers. Another organization was nice, but they just gave me pat answers that sounded like they were reading them from a book. I felt like the person on the phone wanted to get rid of me. That was not the case with ASKICAN.ORG. They were, and still are, my most important resource to deal with my sisters terrible diagnosis. They are like angles sent from GOD!

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

A lot

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I have a dear friend who unfortunately has been diagnosed with recurrent colon cancer. I have been desperately trying to get information on where she can go for a second opinion. I happen to be a biotechnology recruiter so sent out a “Can you help” note on some of the life science groups for which I am a member on LinkedIn. Within a few hours I was contacted by a wonderful research scientist by the name of Scott Kahn, who immediately started networking with the many specialists that he knows in the NYC area. Shortly after, I was contacted by the CEO of AskICAN.Org, Marcia Horn, who spent at least an hour with me on the phone to get the facts of the situation so she could find me the resources needed. I now have a clear plan of action, thanks to this wonderful nonprofit that is filled with great people like Scott Kahn and Marcia Horn. I contacted another well known nonprofit here in NYC, and never received an answer. They deserve 10 stars!!!

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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Rating: 5 stars  

When I was diagnosed with breast cancer I immediately contacted ican and they have helped me every step of the way! I truly would not have known what to do if it wasn't for ican!

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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Rating: 5 stars  

When we found out that my sister had breast cancer, we started researching different organizations to find answers and help. ICAN was at the top of the list after speaking with a few people about their service! It was a relief to have someone explain the different types of breast cancer, the stage and what to expect. They provided resources, questions to ask the doctor and the best advice was to create a binder with all the patient information to have at all times. Especially when you're at the doctor. They took their time, never hurried us and made us feel very comfortable.

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

A lot

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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