Client Advocate Usually the first person you will talk to when contacting ISCA is one of our client advocates, who, by the way, is a cancer survivor or a person who has been deeply affected by the disease through the diagnosis of a loved one. Our advocates understand the stress associated with navigating the maze and confusion that too often exists when trying to make a treatment decision. We know too, the frustration that can be generated for clients and loved ones alike in dealing with the frequent insensitivity of our present medical system.
Whether you or a loved one has experienced an initial diagnosis or are dealing with progressive disease, ISCA advocate is there to listen and take notes on your particular situation to see if there is a potential benefit for you, should you decide you want to pursue our services. ISCA advocate is there for you seven days a week, 24 hours a day to help you through ISCA process and answer your questions. Along with other ISCA professionals, your advocate becomes an important part of your treatment team.
Blood Testing Circulatory Tumor Cell Assay (CTC)
The discovery of specific genetic alterations in malignant tumors has opened up new directions in cancer research. Knowledge about the function of oncogenes and tumor proteins has fundamentally contributed to the understanding of the molecular and cellular principles of malignant growth. The CTC test is particularly focused on aspects of:
Early detection of cancer
- Detection of minimal residual disease
- Sensitivity and resistance to anticancer therapy and the use of alternative agents
- Immune function testing
- Blood Testing Procedures for the CTC
- The Benefits of a Molecular Analysis
ISCA Blood Panels
In addition to the CTC we have access to a full spectrum of blood tests that may be ordered if it is determined that we need more data regarding your case.
Tissue or other Samples
We may also require your diagnostic pathologist to forward your surgical tissue samples (contained in formalin blocks only) to one of our Pathologists for comprehensive analysis. The final report will reveal potential therapeutic targets. Other samples might include urine, lavages, or sputum.
Medical History-Records & Electronic Medical Record
One of the important components of our services is the compilation and creation of a comprehensive and easier to follow electronic medical record of your case which will then be provided to you in a computer useable format. We will need all pre-diagnostic (6 months prior) and diagnostic records, along with treatment records: this includes reports on all blood analyses, doctors notes, pathology report(s), scanning reports and films, or any other tests or reports pertinent to your case. In some cases it may be necessary for your patient advocate to assist you in obtaining your records.
We also want to know about any Complementary/Alternative Medical (CAM) treatments you may have undertaken and we ask that you provide a comprehensive list of the supplements you may be currently taking. This information will be used for analysis by our Naturopathic Physicians who specialize in Oncology and who may be a part of your overall medical team.
Referral to one of our recommended associate Oncologists
Once we have received your records we will enter your pertinent medical information into the ISCA Client Detailed Clinical Chronological Review (DCCR) form. The completed form and a copy of your medical packet, along with the CTC Assay report and a pathology report (if required) will be forwarded to the assigned Oncologist prior to your consultation date. If you are satisfied with the Oncologist you are working with and want to continue working with him or her then we will forward the records to their office. Please read our Privacy statement below, regarding referrals.
Once you have completed your consultation and completed any further diagnostic testing that may be required we will work as a team to assist you in choosing the best treatment(s) for your situation. We will further develop your medical record to include all scanning modalities as well as maintain a comprehensive log of your tumor markers. These will be reviewed by our medical/scientific experts in order to track your response to all treatments. This will help you and your team to understand what’s working and what may not be working and make adjustments, accordingly. An ongoing assessment of your response to treatment is necessary and will be based on your response to any given treatment. This is a critical factor in making future adjustments when and where indicated. Clinical Trials
When appropriate, ISCA staff will facilitate our clients enrolling in clinical trials specific to their situation. We also may be able to facilitate your enrollment in an ISCA sponsored clinical trial for:
- Breast Cancer