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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

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

As a volunteer in a local "Wig Boutique" I am in contact with cancer patients on a daily basis. Many of them have talked positively about their ICAN experience and specifically mentioned Sherry Weinstein as a fabulous resource for them. Her compassion, patience and persistence in assisting them in their quests for knowledge have comforted them and led them to treatments not before known to them. I have personally spoken to her and feel that her representation as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of ICAN is exemplary and that this organization goes above and beyond the basics at all times in order to aid those in need. We all need to support ICAN with donations so they can continue their inspirational work.


Rating: 5

ICAN is great in everything they do with cancer patients, oncologists, biomarker experts, drug-discovery scientists. They are amazing. Thank you, ICAN, for all you do.


Rating: 5

Because of my niece's involvement with this organization over the last decade or more, I looked into who they are and what they do years ago and have been a donor ever since. I only wish I were wealthy so I could donate more. As a breast cancer survivor myself, I am always attuned to other cases of breat cancer and have referred several breast cancer patients to ICAN over the past few years. I could not be more happy about the effectiveness of ICAN's Breast Cancer Advocacy Programs in extending lives and helping patients to have the best quality of life possible. ICAN makes sure that all options are considered and that no stones are left unturned
in each patient's battle. Bravo to ICAN's patient advocates who make such a big difference to breast cancer patient lives!