What does ISCA do? ISCA provides a comprehensive service to our clients assisting them in locating and receiving the very best diagnostics and treatment options anywhere in the world. We refer our clients to physicians who we feel will provide leading edge comprehensive care and ongoing treatments. Another important service ISCA provides is electronically assembling and organizing all of the client’s medical records creating a comprehensive, easily accessible, and very portable central location for all of the client’s medical records. This allows any physician complete and immediate access to their patients medical records and history.
What is an ISCA client advocate?
ISCA patient advocates are the client’s principal point of contact. They assist clients with the administrative details associated with obtaining diagnostic testing, physician placement, the organization and assembly of client medical records,. They also help with any other details that may be of concern to clients and their families.
What is a circulating tumor cell (CTC) assay?
This assay is derived from a simple blood test that is sent out to a molecular laboratory. The test looks for tumor cells in the blood and is a valuable diagnostic tool.
Why do I need a circulating tumor cell (CTC) assay?
A circulating tumor cell assay is a tool our client’s physician can use to assess genetic characteristics of tumor cells identifying both high and low risk patients. Determining resistance factors can provide the physician with important information for designing an optimal therapy and can influence decisions about: early initiation of therapy or supportive treatment; targeted, patient specific therapy; and identification of drug resistance.
How can I read more about the diagnostic tests?
ISCA can provide you with more information should you require it.
Why would I need another analysis of my biopsy tissue?
ISCA recommends pathologists who provide a much more detailed pathology report than a patient would typically receive. This will assist our client’s physician in better understanding the extent/volatility of the disease and identify potential treatment pathways that are not generally provided in a regular pathology report.
How long does it take before I get the results from my blood or tissue test?
Test results usually arrive back in approximately two to four weeks.
Aren’t there places in the U.S. where I can obtain a circulating tumor cell (CTC) assay?
CTC testing is available in only a few places in the U.S., however, we feel the highest quality work is being done in Germany at the present time.
Why is the blood and tissue testing so expensive?
Actually it isn’t really that expensive considering the quality of the tests. ISCA recommends these tests be performed by laboratories in Europe because of their superior accuracy and quality. Also, ISCA arranges for these tests to be performed at cost for our clients, with no additional fees.
Why aren’t your diagnostic tests (blood and tissue) covered by my insurance?
Insurance companies do not presently cover the costs for these types of highly specialized testing. ISCA is hopeful that at some time in the future these diagnostic tests will be covered by insurance. Why is ISCA focusing mostly on Breast and Prostate Cancer, and not other forms of cancer as well?
There are many types of cancer. The research, diagnosis, and treatment of each specific type of cancer is a highly specialized field and a funding is usually limited to one specific type of cancer. ISCA’s focus is based upon the resources and funding currently available at ISCA and within these two forms of cancer.
What is an escrow account?
This is an account established in your name in which all funds ISCA receives will be deposited and dispersed. Do I get my money back if I don’t spend it all?
In most cases, yes. The money placed in escrow is used to fund any and all costs that are not covered by insurance; this includes the cost of ISCA services.
How long has ISCA been offering its services?
ISCA has been offering their services since early 2007.
Why do I have to be willing to travel to receive certain tests or treatments?
Many individuals with cancer are extremely dissatisfied with the quality of their care on more than one level. They want personalized care from a diligent professional that will provide the best results in diagnostics and treatment, as well as monitor their long term care. Unfortunately, such quality care is not usually available locally so it may be necessary to travel to a place that affords the client with the highest quality care and expertise.
Before I sign on with ISCA can you refer me to an ISCA client(s) so I can talk to them about your services?
Yes, of course. There are also testimonials posted on this web site.
Can ISCA refer me to an oncologist in my area?
Perhaps, however, ISCA only works with those professionals who are aware of our philosophy and who we feel have demonstrated their ability to provide our clients with compassionate, comprehensive, and leading edge care. That’s why it may be necessary to travel outside your area.
Can ISCA recommend a Naturopathic doctor?
Yes. ISCA works with Naturopathic doctors who are aware of our philosophy and who we feel have demonstrated their ability to provide our clients with compassionate, comprehensive, and leading edge care.
Can I obtain a list of ISCA Oncologists?
ISCA does not have any oncologists on staff. However, we have a network of oncologists that we typically refer our clients to when appropriate.
Where is the ISCA located?
Our administrative office is located in Kennett Square, PA.
Can I get treatment by traveling to ISCA?
No. ISCA does not provide treatment. We refer our clients to those diagnostic laboratories, pathologists and physicians who we feel are doing the best work in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.