Clinical Trials Advocacy Programs
Your support assists ICAN patients in programs such as The Barbara Cussler Lung Cancer Patient Advocacy Program, ICAN’s Leading Non-Small Cell and Small Cell Lung Cancer Patient Advocacy Program and NSCLC/SCLC Clinical Trials Advocacy Program for Newly-Diagnosed Patients.
Because of our generous supporters, ICAN lung cancer patients involved in The Barbara Cussler Lung Cancer Patient Advocacy Program, have access to the following information services:
- A review and analysis of the patient's pathology report relating to TNM staging ("Tumor Node Metastasis"); review of the patient's medical history, diet, lifestyle and risk factors, current condition as well as any co-morbid factors; and complete review of symptoms prior to presentation.
- Referrals, at the patient contact's request, to medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgical oncologists, radiologists, interventional radiologists, anesthesiologists, and additional specialists relevant to the patient's ongoing care.
- Referrals to support groups that may be of assistance in handling the emotional impact that cancer has on the patient and the patient’s family.
- Referrals to lung cancer-specific organizations that may be of assistance in addressing insurance issues or employment termination issues (because of diagnosis or disclosure of metastatic disease).
- Review of the nature/amelioration of specific side-effects from chemotherapy (such as nausea and neuropathy) as well as from other treatment modalities.
- Discussion of the interaction of diet and cancer chemotherapy drugs based on recent studies.
- Delineation of the symptoms about which the patient should alert his/her oncologist.
- Discussion of relevant imaging technology.
- Discussion of pain management issues and treatment options that can be addressed with the patient's medical team.
- Explanation of the recommendations given or not given by the patient's physicians; assistance in answering the patient's questions which remain either after or between appointments with the medical team.
- Review of the relevant radiotherapy/interventional radiology options which the patient contact, in turn, may discuss with his/her medical team.
- Discussion of the relevance of the patient's specific immunohistochemistry and cytogenetic results to available clinical trials so that the patient may explore all options with his/her medical team.
- Analysis of relevant clinical trials options as well as the nature and purpose of clinical trials using Remission Coach® .
- Review of relevant lung cancer-specific drugs in the anticancer pipeline.
- Review of all relevant and complementary and alternative medicine ("CAM") avenues.
- Review of the merits of filing a "Single Patient IND for Compassionate or Emergency Use" for a specific experimental cancer drug, if relevant to the patient’s situation.
- Exploration of options that might reduce travel costs for the patient contact, such as Corporate Angels Network, as well as ICAN supporters who have volunteered to host a clinical trials patient in a particular city.