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ICAN, International Cancer Advocacy Network

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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

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I felt so alone and confused with assisting my father in his battle with cancer. After a few months of navigating the complicated world of our medical system, I was put in touch through a family friend with ICAN. A month ago my family was faced with the difficult challenge of choosing the best option given to us by our oncologist, including different clinical trials and standard of care. With all options there were pros and cons. The anxiety I felt making such a difficult decision was eased by the support of ICAN. The team at ICAN was more than responsive. They provided us with resources, guidance, were able to shed light on certain treatments that were effective or ineffective based on my father's genetic makeup. This is something that our oncologist should be able to guide us through, but the issue is oncologists are limited to the resources of their institution. Therefore, we were limited to the information we received. We sought a 2nd opinion and they also had different options. When we asked them which option they felt were better including the other institutions', we were met with opposition. Not surprisingly, they were unable to provide any opinions on the other institutions' progress or therapies. Cancer is a complex disease and there is no one method or approach. The ICAN team made me feel like I had an extended family for support and guidance. All cancer patients and their families should seek support from an organization like ICAN. Marcia Horn is an incredible person. She is not only knowledgeable and dedicated, she also has the kindest heart. I am so thankful to have ICAN help me during this time. The network of professionals and volunteers is deep and ever growing. I thank all those participating as a volunteer through ICAN. My family is grateful for your selfless acts of service to cancer patients and community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I received a call back immediately, offering a compassionate response when we needed it most!

Client Served

Rating: 5

ICAN helped me access treatments and specialists that otherwise would not have been available to me

Client Served

Rating: 5

I really believe so wouldn't be here today without ICAN..their advice and moral support helped give me the courage to fight. I'' eternally grateful.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ICAN is amazing they have been so incredibly helpful for my mother. She is currently battling cervical cancer that has metastasized. ICAN put us in contact with the best doctors which are giving her the best treatment imaginable. Without them this awful disease probably would of taken my mother from me. Truly grateful for ICAN I can't say enough great things about them. They are making a huge difference for my mother and a incredible impact on the cancer society. I couldn't be more happy every time I talk to them they make me feel important like talking to family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ICAN has been amazingly responsive with recommendations, referrals and options for second opinions as I have navigated the confusing and complicated medical system related to cancer treatment for my mother. It's clear that many cancer patients and families need resources and counsel to seek the best care and clearly understand the options available. I'm sure that many families and cancer patients have found themselves confounded and, unfortunately, unable to get the answers and resources they need before it's too late. ICAN is a service that should be known and available to all dealing with these issues of health and comfort.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a cancer survivor myself, I have experienced the confusion, fear and isolation first hand that come after diagnosis. An advocate can (literally) make the difference between life and death. Following my mother's diagnosis with colon cancer, my family was blessed to find Marcia Horn at ICAN. From the beginning, she was our educated, compassionate, knowledgable, objective support system. Marcia made herself readily available (via phone and email) at that crucial decision making time. She advised us on the latest medical findings and trends, second opinion resources and best practices for followup after treatment. It's overwhelming to be the patient or the family member and care giver, ICAN fills a vital role. Marcia and ICAN, I cannot thank you enough!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

ICAN was invaluable to my family during my Mother's recent episode of colon cancer. She is 86 years old, with atrial fib and the risks to surgery and possible extreme treatments after was frightening. ICAN and Marcia Horn guided us through the questions to ask the Physician, did investigative work on who was the best provider in OKC and provided a radiologist to view the images and provide a second opinion. In short, they were available to us 24/7 and made a scary situation manageable.
I will recommend and support ICAN anyway possible in the future, this is important work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We heard of Marcia Horn and ICAN through a cousin, who was working in the medical field, and my husband just took a chance, at the beginning of our journey with bc, and called her cold without any introduction, and even though we have never met her in person, she has been a rock for my husband, as she responds to his every email, with positive information and support. This began in 2013 and he still corresponds with her till this very day. Thank you Marcia and ICAN. from Marilyn in Tennessee.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are simply not enough stars to rate International Cancer Advocacy Network (ICAN) as high as they should be rated! I am an elderly, low-income grandmother who has been recently diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer. It was so, so scary at first. My experience with ICAN has been critical, life-saving, inspiring, motivating, empowering, and amazing! The ICAN advisors have helped me take charge of my Stage IV colon cancer diagnosis. ICAN has a tremendous knowledge base of cutting-edge advanced genetic and other cancer research that even the top-class practitioners in the United States do not *yet* use routinely with all their patients. ICAN has worked tirelessly, promptly, and caringly to help me 1) understand my diagnosis; 2) find the absolute world-class top doctors near my home; 3) introduced me and the doctors to advanced research to personalize my care; 4) supported me *every step* of the way with advice, interpretation of doctor's recommendations, and guidance; 5) provided inspirational, positive motivation to me. I am elated to report that, despite my very serious stage of cancer, and my elderly, low-income status with no other "connections" in the medical world except ICAN, I am making great progress towards curing this cancer! ICAN has helped me access the best treatment possible with their tremendous knowledge base of research and has helped me feel confident that I am getting the best cancer care available today in the United States -- for instance, the advanced genetic and protein profiling that ICAN has introduced to me and to my nationally-recognized top cancer doctors at one of our country's top cancer centers, would not have happened without ICAN's help. I only feel bad that I do not have the financial resources to help ICAN as much as they have helped me. I thank every and any person involved with ICAN -- volunteers, researchers, doctors, employees, and financial donors -- for giving me hope and changing my life. I am so confident in their value that I have been spreading the word about ICAN to other cancer patients I meet, including, tragically, even very young cancer patients. ICAN can make a difference, and I will also support them in any possible way that *I-CAN!*

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

shapiro

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Sally62

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!