Immigrant Health & Cancer Disparities Service: Integrated Cancer Care Access Network

For immigrants and other medically underserved people, coping with a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Few have the resources to access quality cancer care. Lack of access to health information and services has been shown to have a disproportionately negative impact on treatment outcomes for the medically underserved.(1)

The Integrated Cancer Care Access Network (ICCAN) gives immigrants with cancer more opportunities to access quality care. We connect our clients with a variety of services and resources that can help ease the enormous financial burden of cancer treatment, including the cost of medical care and indirect costs such as transportation and childcare. We also offer assistance and support to reduce cultural and linguistic obstacles to completing cancer treatment.

ICCAN currently provides case management for more than 850 patients with cancer at 11 hospitals in New York City. ICCAN’s case managers help patients secure health insurance, transportation, food, childcare, legal advice, and other resources.

ICCAN’s community workers, social workers, and patient navigators help patients access services from more than 300 community-based organizations. We also train hospital staff to help immigrants and other medically underserved patients overcome treatment obstacles.

Data from ICCAN will help us to increase the number of patients who complete their cancer treatment.

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For more information about ICCAN program activities, please contact Julia Ramirez at ramirej1@mskcc.org.

For more information about ICCAN research, please contact Nicole Roberts at robertsn@mskcc.org.

  1. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2011. Available at: http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhdr11/nhdr11.pdf. Accessed February 2013.